Registration is Open for Conscious Discipline 3-Day Summer Institute!

Join us this Summer for a 3-Day event to learn more about Conscious Discipline.

July 9-11, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Register for Workshop SU1837600

The New Conscious Discipline book – Expanded & Updated will be provided with registration.

Early Bird Discounts – Register by April 30th and receive a 15% discount ($45) – Use code CDAPRIL

Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms

Healthy relational interactions are key to raising children who are able to manage stress and bounce back even when faced with adversity.  Interactions that build resilience can be challenging, especially if we are working with children who are resisting connection and exhibit aggressive and uncooperative behaviors.

Conscious Discipline offers an effective approach to connecting with all children, especially those who are hurting the most.  This interactive session will empower you with ways to calm the stress-response system for you and the child so that healthy relationships can be formed.

Participants will have the privilege of engaging with a Conscious Discipline speaker focused specifically on the 3-7 year olds in their early childhood classrooms.

Target audience is Pre-K teachers or staff that works with for 3 and 4 year olds, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. Other audiences are welcome to attend but know that videos might showcase examples of the younger grades but concepts covered are applicable for all ages.


REGISTER NOW for 2018 TSR Summer Institute!

Registration is now open to the public! They welcome all administrators, specialists, coaches, teachers, and caregivers of children ages birth to five. Registration is FREE for all attendees, but space is limited!

The TSR Institute is an exceptional professional development opportunity provided free of charge to Texas early childhood educators. Known for its unique combination of presentations by both national research experts and experienced, hands-on trainers and coaches, the TSR Institute provides attendees with high-quality trainings to help them provide the best possible learning experiences for children in their classrooms.


June 19-21, 2018
(On-site check-in June 18)
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas, TX 76011

Parking is provided at a discounted rate at $5/day.


Why is a letter wall one of the most important features of the room?

Check out what the Children’s Learning Institute says about the importance of Letter walls in the Pre-K classrooms and join us for a NEW training –

 Taking the Letter-Wall Beyond the Wall* (Includes a make and take!)
March 27, 2018              1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SP1836947                      $50                             Register here 

Want to come for the full day? Then check out our Math training in the morning.

NEW- Clap, stomp, clap, stomp! Pattern Skills and more*
March 27, 2018            9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SP1837694                   $50                             Register here

Letter walls are an important part of early childhood classrooms as they help transform classrooms into print-rich environments. Children are able to reference the words when writing, which gives them independence and problem solving skills. Letter walls also help teach the alphabetic principal by visually displaying each letter of the alphabet with a key word picture. This interactive tool exposes young children to a variety of concepts throughout the year and helps emergent readers and writers become aware of:

  •       Letter forms
  •       Letter names
  •       Basic letter-sound correspondences
  •       The idea that words can be written down
  •       The concept of words
  •      Beginning letters in familiar words

Letter walls also help enhance children’s vocabulary development. This is an effective and useful way to organize words and help children reference vocabulary they’re learning in class. Preschoolers are at the beginning stages of understanding basic concepts about text and sound/symbol relationships. According to Piasta & Wagner (2010), a child’s knowledge of letter names and sounds is the best predictor of reading and spelling abilities.

When discussing the letter wall, there are several things that need to be remembered to make the letter wall a successful learning tool.

  • If children are not interacting and involved with the letter wall, it becomes a decoration.
  • Children will only learn from the letter wall if it is meaningful to them.
  • Children’s interest will be sparked when new games and activities are introduced.
  • Make the games and activities fun, playful, short, and interactive.

The letter wall should be used daily and can be used in a large group, small group, or one-on-one settings. Children need to be able to access the letter wall, so that it can be easily used as an interactive tool. Make sure to find a space large enough for the entire alphabet. Ideally this space would be located in or near the circle time area and at their eye level. If there is a lack of wall space, some other options include:

  • Portable boards such as science project boards, sewing/cutting boards, shower boards, etc.
  • The back of shelves
  • The space below chalk boards

Research shows that teaching students to recognize and manipulate the segments of sounds in words and linking those sounds to letters is necessary to prepare children to read words and comprehend text. As soon as students can decode simple words, they should have opportunities to practice reading new and familiar words or word parts in connected text (Foorman et al., 2016).

When used as a tool to support instruction, letter walls can be a planned, purposeful, and playful way to teach activities in the preK classroom, allowing for meaningful learning to occur.


  • Foorman, B., Beyler, N., Borradaile, K., Coyne, M., Denton, C. A., Dimino, J., … & Keating, B. (2016). Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. Educator’s Practice Guide. NCEE 2016-4008. National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
  • Piasta, S. B., & Wagner, R. K. (2010). Learning letter names and sounds: Effects of instruction, letter type, and phonological processing skill. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105, 324-344.

FREE Registration for Conscious Discipline Trauma Webinar ends at midnight

The faces and stories are haunting. They stay with you.
Fear. Rage. Confusion. Hopelessness.

Trauma isn’t new; it’s as old as time itself.
What is new is the knowledge we now possess about
how trauma shapes the brain, and what we can do to heal it.

If you’ve had enough, and you’re ready to take action. Learn how to heal today’s children so we can prevent tomorrow’s tragedies.

Conscious Discipline is hosting a new 3-session webinar series; Understanding Trauma: Reaching and Teaching Children with Trauma

Registration is FREE until midnight! Offer valid March 1-2, 2018 only. Regular price $75.

Register NOW