In 2007, Terry Chadsey and Jody McVittie asked these questions:
- What if every child knew they belonged in their classroom, at school, and at home?
- What if every child was adept at naming and regulating emotions, asking for and offering support, and finding solutions to problems?
- What if adults — educators, parents, caregivers — shared this vision and knew how to foster it?
Back then these questions seemed radical. In spite of skepticism, teachers and principals were motivated to find solutions. They knew what they were doing was not working and they were discouraged.
Working out of our living rooms, we started offering Positive Discipline for the Classroom workshops. Our work challenged head-on often unexamined practices based on control, punishment, rewards, and exclusion. We learned so much in those early years. But we still say today what we said back then: every behavior tells a story.
That’s why we started Sound Discipline.
Over time, Sound Discipline’s approach has evolved. Our work is trauma-informed, restorative, and culturally responsive. We are constantly learning and refining our programs based on that learning.
Today, we work with approximately 5,000 adults who, in turn, care for or teach 75,000 young people. We have partnered with more 15,000 educators and 56 school communities in four states – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California – to integrate social-emotional learning and restorative practices into classrooms, schools, and districts to build a positive school climate and create an environment in which every child can thrive and learn.