Parenting Beyond Punishment is proud to be associated with the School Discipline that Works conference. Because supporting the whole child involves supporting them at school and at home.

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About the Conference

Educators are increasingly challenged to effectively meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students. In this conference leading experts synthesize years of brain development research and practical experience on proven discipline strategies to promote successful students and classrooms. Come learn practical and sustainable ways to support the various needs of your students and classroom.

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Conference Objectives
At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how development and research in the neurosciences should influence one's approach to discipline
  • Describe a range of factors that can interfere with students' meeting the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral expectations of a classroom and school
  • Describe several non-punitive, non-adversarial models of intervention for helping children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and their classmates
  • Describe how to differentiate instruction and discipline to meet the needs of diverse learners


Loudermilk Conference Center
February 8-9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

2 Day Registration $299
1 Day Registration $159

Continuing Education Credits available for Social Workers,  Psychologists, LPC/LMHC (AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY), Educators (applied for through Conferences and Institutes, University of Maine).


Tina Bryson
Tina Bryson, PhD

Psychologist & New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.

Dr. Ross Greene
Ross Greene, PhD

Psychologist, Bestselling author of The Explosive Child and Founder of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.

Bettina Love
Bettina Love, PhD

Educator, author & creator of Hip Hop curriculum, helping educators build equitable classrooms.

David Corwin, MD Vicki Corwin, M.Ed.

Leaders in in trauma-informed care and education, and child abuse prevention.

Carol Ann Tomlinson
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D

Innovative educator in application of differentiated learning.

Greg Santucci
Greg Santucci MS OTR

Occupational Therapist and leading expert in body learning and self-regulation.

Robbyn Peters Bennett
Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC

Psychotherapist, child mental health expert, and Trauma specialist.

George Davis
George Davis, MD

Child & adolescent psychiatrist and expert in Juvenile Justice and forensic psychiatry.


Keynotes: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
No-Drama Discipline Based on the ideas from Dr. Bryson's New York Times bestseller No-Drama Discipline (with Dan Siegel), this workshop highlights  the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way educators react to misbehavior, providing an effective, compassionate roadmap for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.  Defining the true meaning of the “D” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), Dr. Bryson explains how to reach a child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into a teachable moment. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem-solving becomes a win/win situation.

Ross W. Greene, PhD
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Shifting From Modifying Behavior to Solving Problems
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based model that has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints.  The model provides research-base tools for assessment and intervention, and focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, with an emphasis on proactive collaboration.

Keynotes: Friday, February 9, 2018

David Corwin, M.D., and Vicki Corwin, M.Ed
Trauma- and Resiliency-Informed Schools: The Impact of ACEs on School Disciplinary Practices
Dr. Corwin will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study findings along with similar research studies showing the damaging long-term effects of trauma in childhood, and will discuss the implications of this knowledge for health and education. Vicki Corwin, a recently retired elementary school principal and former teacher, will discuss what schools can do to become trauma and resiliency informed.  She will illustrate her talk with case examples of challenging students who attended schools where she served as principal.


Dr. Bettina Love
Moving Beyond Survive: A Pedagogy of Mattering
All students have potential that educators must nourish, protect, and grow for a better world. Dr. Love’s talk will focus on how innovative civic education, students’ knowledge production and multiple identities, and Hip Hop culture can be cultivated to engage students in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice.




Breakout Sessions: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Teaching the Developing Brain (First Breakout Session Only)
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D
In this invigorating in-service workshop, Dr. Bryson applies her “Parenting with the Brain in Mind” insights to the classroom.  The focus is on better understanding the role of experience and focused attention on the ever-developing brain.  Using stories, examples, and a lot of humor, Dr. Bryson encourages teachers to keep their own developing brains in mind as they nurture their students’ growing minds, as well as to apply their new knowledge to classroom management and their teaching styles.

Get the Ball Rolling: Identifying Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D
If you want to solve problems and teach skills, first you need to identify those lagging skills and unsolved problems. In this session, Dr. Greene will help participants master the use of theAssessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), an instrument developed to help caregivers focus their intervention efforts. The ALSUP has significant implications for assessment practices in school: it helps make IEPs, FBAs, and BIPs more meaningful, and helps make intervention far more effective.

Differentiated Instruction: Putting Good Intentions into Action
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D
The idea of differentiating instruction to accommodate the different ways that students learn is appealing, but not always easily accomplished. It involves a hefty dose of common sense, as well as sturdy support in the theory and research of education. It is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for student differences in classrooms. In this breakout session, you get the details from one of the leaders in the field.

Kids Do Well if They Can (Move)! (Second Breakout Session Only)
Greg Santucci, MS OTR
Active students make better learners. This breakout session will explain sensory processing and how it impacts a student's behavior and learning. Participants will learn about the different sensory systems, sensory "diets", and how to help kids improve their self-regulation skills. Get ready to MOVE and learn practical strategies to implement in your classroom immediately.

Breakout Sessions: Friday, February 9, 2018

3 Steps to Solving Problems Proactively
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D

In this breakout session, Dr. Greene will describe the process of solving problems collaboratively. He’ll describe the three steps of “Plan B,” then he’ll show videos of what the process looks like in schools. He’ll also describe the data from schools that have implemented the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model.

Get Free: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality,  & Joy
Dr. Bettina Love
Dr. Love will walk participants through the Hip Hop civics curriculum for youth and young adults of all ages, entitled GET FREE. The curriculum is inspired by the exuberance, ingenuity, political energy, resistance, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop. The program aims to push and extend ideas of democracy, citizenship, shared leadership, freedom, community, civic engagement, and intersectional justice. Its goal is to introduce young people and educators to a national network of young community leaders, artists, and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organizing.

Self-Regulation: A Neuro-developmentally Informed Approach for Responding to Challenging Students Through the Art of Co-Regulation
Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC, CMHS & George Davis, M.D.
Children who have high ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) scores often have poor self-regulation skills and struggle to cope in school. They are often referred as “challenging,” or as having disciplinary problems, or as bullies. They often carry labels such as oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or conduct disorder. Understanding the neurodevelopmental effects of early abuse and neglect, and the process of dissociation and hyper-arousal, helps teachers better recognize the child’s needs. They will discuss the continuum of arousal and ways in which to respond to and prevent dysregulation (i.e. defiance, ignoring directions, distracting others, going off-task, or tantrums). In this breakout session, the neurological mechanism of self-regulation, dysregulation and co-regulation will be discussed, in order to help teachers better understand and connect with their students. This approach underscores the importance of sensory sensitive, sequentially appropriate, relationally based teaching environments that help both mainstream and at-risk children flourish.

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Loudermilk Conference Center
February 8-9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

2 Day Registration $299
1 Day Registration $159