Productive relationships between teachers and students were among the topics of discussion at a 2017-18 school year kick-off event Monday for Roseburg Public Schools staff in preparation for the first day of school Tuesday.

“These events re-energize you and get you thinking in the right way,” said Joseph Lane Middle School physical education teacher Brian Groshong. “It’s a way to get us all together and start out good.”

Nearly 600 district staff members attended the event held at Roseburg High School’s Rose Theater where Kim Hughes, a certified conscious discipline trainer, gave a presentation about conscious discipline.

“What was different this year was the conscious discipline presentation, and that’s kind of exciting,” said Roseburg High School mathematics instructor Pete Hanson, who had previous training with conscious discipline for parents.

“We love it, it’s fantastic and it worked with my son,” Hanson said, who has a young son starting kindergarten this year.

Conscious discipline is an initiative that is being implemented within the school district to assist staff in teaching through behavioral management strategies and classroom structures.

“It’s techniques for helping teachers to help students regulate their behaviors, and to learn the skills that enable students to get out of an emotional, survival state and to get into a state where they can learn,” said Robert Emerson, the district’s director of teaching and learning.

“A lot of that has to do with building strong connections between teachers and students, and students and students,” Emerson said.

RHS special education instructional assistant Kara Rosemeyer also enjoyed the presentation and said, “There was a lot of information about different ways to approach kids when they come in angry, upset or sad.”

Emerson said that teams from district elementary schools were formally trained in conscious discipline last week. Those team members will be implementing aspects of the initiative within their schools throughout the school year to see how it works.

This year conscious discipline is a pilot project in elementary schools that will be gradually implemented in other district schools within the next few years.

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I have seen children passed on from one grade to the next because teachers didn't want to have to deal with them if they were held back. So they passed that problem onto the next grade level. But to be fair I have also seen kids that were so out of control that they disrupted class on a almost daily basis. There the parents simply ignored the paper trail that educators paved the way with. They ignored the multiple written warnings, the trips to the principal, the negative interactions with other students because it is cheaper and easier for the schools to babysit their kids then actually pay someone to watch them. Sad situation but it happens more then we would like to admit.

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