Virtual SEL Resources for Educators

Families, schools and the world are reeling in response to COVID-19. In the midst of the chaos of this week, we’ve been inspired by you. You’ve risen to the challenge in countless ways— going above and beyond in your problem-solving, restoring connection through innovative e-learning solutions, and reassuring families that we’re all in this together. We see what you’re doing and want you to know that Conscious Discipline has your back. Here are a few of the ways that we are supporting your efforts on the front lines:


We’ve made immediate changes to all levels of our E-Course Site License structure to better support virtual professional development. Effective immediately, Site Licenses enable individual users to remotely access video sessions, participant guides and bonus resources from anywhere. Learn more here.


We’re making our 3-session webinar series Understanding Trauma with Dr. Becky Bailey available at no cost for individual users for the next 90 days. Register for free access today.


Take advantage of 90 days of complimentary access to our most requested implementation tools, including Elevate SEL video sessions, audio series with Dr. Becky Bailey, Make-N-Takes, Conscious Discipline Games, We Care Cards and more. Sign up now.


This morning we added a timely and specific Free Printable Social Story titled “Why Can’t I Go to School?” from Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Abbi Kruse. Available in six languages, this helpful tool offers simple, age-appropriate language responding to this important question. Download now.


All digital product licenses will be automatically extended for an additional 90 days beyond your original expiration date. This includes online courses, paid webinars and memberships. There’s no need to worry about losing access and no action required on your part.

In case you missed it, we also shared an article earlier this week titled COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families. In it, you’ll find practical suggestions that restore safety, build connection and create routines. We’ve included lots of links to related free resources, including webinars, podcasts, printables and more.

My friends – safety, connection and problem-solving are the most valuable contribution we can offer to those around us as we navigate this unprecedented season. Take a deep breath, you can handle this!

We’re All In This Together,

Dr. Becky A. Bailey
Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer 
Conscious Discipline

Material For Your Online Instruction

Tools for Online Instruction 

With the closure of college campuses across the U.S., many instructors are turning to online resources for teaching. The Community Tool Box is often used as course text in the fields of public health, community psychology, nursing, social welfare, and other applied fields. We invite you to learn about making use of these online resources for teaching

Tools for Professional Development

As a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change, the Tool Box offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action. You can visit the Community Tool Box to learn about assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and many more aspects of community practice.  Visit over 300 educational modules and other free tools, or learn more about how to use the Community Tool Box

Friends, we need community now as much as ever. The Community Tool Box team wishes you peace of mind and physical well-being in this time of social distancing as we strive to protect those who may be most vulnerable. As always, we give thanks for you — our community of changemakers.
(785) 864-0533

Pre-K Kindergarten Transitions Report Ready!

It’s almost that time of year again when preschool teachers and caregivers around the region have the chance to reflect and share about the children that they’ll be sending off to kindergarten in the fall.  To help with this process, Pre-K Kindergarten Transition Forms support pre-k teachers to share their deep understanding of students’ strengths, needs, passions, and idiosyncrasies with their future kindergarten teachers.  This communication and connection does a great deal for our young scholars.  Here’s what you need to know:

If you’ve participated in this program in the past:

  1. We will continue to collect the forms in two batches.  The first batch needs to be received at NWESD by May 15th.  The second (and final) deadline is June 30th.
  2. To access the forms themselves and reminders about how to complete them, etc., visit:

If you are an early learning provider who is new to this program:

  1. Please check out the attached PowerPoint for information about the history, purpose, and function of the reports
  2. Find reports, guides, and other supporting materials here:
  3. Contact me if you have questions or concerns

If you’re a school district partner, please expect a shipment of reports for your incoming kindergarten students in late June and another one in mid-July.  Reports are best utilized by the Kindergarten team for placement (when timing allows) and/or in preparing for students prior to the start of school.  Please be on the lookout for these reports and be prepared to distribute them as soon as possible to teachers or teams.  If you are not the best person to receive and distribute reports in your school district, please let me know the best contact and address for shipments.

Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or concerns that come up for you.

Thank you all for your help in coordinating this important resource for early learning connections!  The incredible kinder teachers in our region will be more ready for their next crop of young students who will benefit greatly from this collaborative effort!



Sarah Southard
Director of Early Learning and Migrant Education
Northwest Educational Service District
1601 R Avenue | Anacortes, WA 98221
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Student Social Emotional Behavioral Supports in Schools

Upcoming Training in Bellingham-

This 3.5 hour training provides an overview of research-based practices in student social, emotional, and behavioral health promotion. You will learn the core differences between Trauma-Informed Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Restorative Practices. You will also learn about each model’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and how to successfully integrate these models to create a sustainable, comprehensive multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) that responds to diverse student needs.

Date and Location

Friday, April 17th from 12:30-4:00pm

1313 E. Maple St. Bellingham, WA

3rd floor Large Conference Room

Registration fee: $40 per person

*Limited scholarships available. Please email

Training is ideal for:

School Counselors, School and District Administrators, Deans of Students, School Social Workers, MTSS coordinators, Student Assistance Professionals, Educators, non-profit partners working in and with school systems, and school-based behavioral health professionals. 

For registration click HERE

Meet & Greet

Register HERE (free event, but registration requested)

Calling all professionals who work with children & families in Skagit County!Please join us for our winter Meet & Greet.  This is an opportunity to meet other people from family-serving organizations throughout Skagit County.  

The Meet & Greet is a structured event that will allow each participant to share a brief overview (2-3 minutes) of your organization and programs.  Sharing will happen in small groups that will rotate several times throughout the event to maximize sharing.  There will be unstructured time at the end to follow up or meet others.
Please bring handouts and business cards to share.
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we can plan for the appropriate number of participants. Feel free to share with others!

March 27th 9:00 – 11:00am

Mount Vernon Seventh-Day Adventist Church
4520 E College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Power and Science of HOPE

Register HERE $20 registration fee*

March 20, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Best Western Convention Center

Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable.  People who demonstrate higher hope report less substance use and experience less anxiety and depression. 
Dr. Hellman will explore how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life. Come learn how to apply the science of hope to your life and your work!

About the Presenter: Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity. Chan is the co-author of the award winning book “Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life” with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.

*Fee waivers available. Contact Lyndie Simmonds at

Training’s Available Near You!

Devereux Flip It

Devereux Flip It training focuses on an easy to use four step strategy in response to challenging behaviors. This strategy relies on a foundation of relationships, empathy, and understanding of trauma and toxic stress, using research-based techniques proven to support social-emotional development and improve behaviors.

Participants will learn about the four steps: (F)eelings, (L)imits, (I)nquiry and (P)rompts and practice using them in response to behaviors most prevalent in the classroom.

Date:      February 22, 2020
Time:      9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Trainer:   Jaime Thompson
Cost:       $60
STARS:   6
Location: Lynnwood

For registration, click HERE!

Introduction to Best Practices: Learning Activities

Come explore what research says about how children learn, what adults can do to prepare these specific play areas, and how adult-child interactions can complement children’s learning without interrupting it. This is a class for providers who are fairly new to the field or for those who want to review best practices in the Environment Rating Scale (ERS -3).

Date:      February 25, 2020
Time:      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trainer:   Jodi Escalante
Cost:       $20
STARS:   2
Location: Mt. Vernon

For registration, click HERE!

Investigating in Nature

Young children are active and curious. Everything is worth exploration with all of their senses. Providing opportunities for the growth and development of the whole child through play, opportunities to develop a sense of wonder about nature, and deep engagement in discovery about the real world are the foundation for learning in early childhood. In this training, participants will plan developmentally appropriate nature-based investigations or studies using the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines and NAAEE Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence.

Date:      March 2, 2020
Time:      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trainer:   Jamie Ashton
Cost:       $20.00
STARS:   2
Location:  Bellingham

For registration, click HERE!

Directors Toolbox: Circle of Influence

Building trust and a spirit of collaboration among staff in early childhood programs is central to achieving high-performing work teams. Meaningful staff involvement in decision-making is one way that trust and commitment to organizational goals are achieved. This workshop provides a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and suggests ways that directors can move toward a more participative process in achieving program goals

The target audience is administrators and lead teachers of early childhood programs. Participants will receive a copy of Circle of Influence and follow-up coaching.

Date:      March 10, March 24, & April 7, 2020
Time:      12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Trainer:   Julie Wasilewski
Cost:       $50
Location: Everett

For registration, click HERE!

Introduction to Early Achievers

Have you just enrolled in Early Achievers? Would you like to know more about how you can prepare for your rating? Introduction to Early Achievers will help you understand the critical role you will play in the quality improvement journey for your program and how you can make the most our of your Early Achievers participation.

Date:      March 12, 2020
Time:      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Trainer:   Elyssa Yunker
Cost:       Free
STARS:   1.5
Location: Online training

For registration, click HERE!

Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales- Third Edition (ERS-3)

This training is one of six modules in the Best Practices Series that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by the ERS-3. This module will introduce the ERS assessment tools: what they measure, definitions of terms, and how to score the assessment. Participants will focus on themes and examine what they already know about teaching and interactions, quality learning environments, and best practice. 

Date:       March 12, 2020
Time:       6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Trainer:    Kristen Bowler-Marere
Cost:        $20.00
STARS:    2.5
Location:  Lynnwood

For registration, click HERE!

Building Relationships Using Observation and Documentation for Infants and Toddlers

How do you know that the children in your care are thriving and making progress in all areas of the development? Implementing effective observation and documentation methods is key to this knowledge. Learn the whys and hows of planning for facilitation of learning, effective observation, and the gathering and organizing of documentation. Get to know the children in your care in a deeper way and increase the level of professionalism in your child care program.

Date:       March 24 2020
Time:       6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Trainer:    Esther Iles
Cost:        $20.00
STARS:    2
Location:  Bellingham

For registration, click HERE!

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline teaches how to intentionally build a culture of learning in each classroom. Conscious Discipline® is an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach. It is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, and received high ratings in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs.

This training includes 10 modules (8 sessions) covered over three months for 20 hours of professional learning. Sessions are held on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays, and location varies by date. Dates include March 25, April 1, April 4, April 25, April 29, May 5, May 13, and May 20.

Date: Series starts on March 25, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trainer: Pat Cavit
Cost: $200.00
Location: Everett

For registration, click HERE!