Research-based, results-driven

Our approach is informed by established and emerging findings in brain science that:

  • Demonstrate the importance of helping adults become effective leaders,
  • Model proven problem-solving approaches in the classroom and at home, and,
  • Address the impact of stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on behavior.

Education Research

Connections matter

A young person’s sense of connectedness with school is associated with positive social and academic outcomes.


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Social-emotional skills affect learning

Increasing social and emotional skills is associated with significant improvements in academic performance and attitudes toward school. Adding social–emotional learning curriculum improves test scores by an average of 11%.

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Behavior is affected by children’s life experiences

Students with a history of adverse childhood experiences do better in trauma-sensitive classrooms.

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Parenting Research

Parenting Research

Teaching new skills to parents helps families

Experiential parent training results in self-reported improvements in firmness, connection, and satisfaction with parenting.

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Respectful parenting creates positive change

Respectful parenting (which is both firm and responsive) promotes healthy development and decreases social risks.

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Positive discipline works across cultures

The positive impacts of authoritative parenting on kids have been demonstrated across cultural, social and racial backgrounds.

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Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Sound Discipline turns the science behind the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study into practical tools that educators can use right away in their classrooms and benefit all students. Typically, students with the most disruptive behaviors have been exposed to abuse, neglect, and/or household dysfunction. They need extra help developing social-emotional skills and tools for resolving conflicts—abilities that can make a lifelong difference in achievement and happiness for all students.

We regularly offer workshops that help you create a trauma-aware classroom where all students have their best chance of success. Please see our events calendar for the next offering.

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