What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The impact has been overwhelmingly positive! Morningside Center piloted Holistic Discipline in 8 high-need middle schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn with approximately 50 teachers last year. Survey results reflected the following:
• 96% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that the workshops were useful.
• 96% of teachers said that the workshops were either good or excellent overall.
• 97% of teachers said that the SD provided useful insights, techniques and skills.
• 94% of teachers reported an increased awareness of their students’ social and emotional needs.
• 89% of teachers reported strengthened their relationships with their students.
• 91% of teachers reported having more tools to handle conflicts between themselves and students.
• 92% reported an overall improvement in classroom climate.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next year, Morningside Center will finalize the written materials and guides for the Holistic Discipline program. To facilitate this process and to continue to grow the initial pilot, over the next year we will implement the program in two more schools. In three years, the program will be solidly validated as an effective method for promoting empathetic schools and positioned for national expansion.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
School budgets have been shrinking. Because much of Morningside Center’s income comes from direct services to schools, this reality could be a potential obstacle to our plans for expanding the Holistic Discipline program. We are vigorously seeking foundation and other private monies to fill the gap. We have strong relationships with several major foundations; we will continue to cultivate these relationships, and to pursue new relationships to fill the anticipated income gap. Additionally, through our uniquely strong relationships with schools and school leaders, we are well positioned to anticipate and respond to new needs.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
In in six months, we will have accomplished the following:
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
In one year (by September 2013), we will be implementing the full Holistic Discipline model in at least 3 new schools.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Holistic Discipline is revolutionary, but there has not been a single “aha!” moment. Morningside Center has been implementing SEL programs in schools for nearly 30 years. We work with every constituency in a school community (teachers, administrators, support staff, parents), and have had profound results with our work. We created the Holistic Discipline to address a common problem: even in schools committed to SEL, there is a breakdown in respect and empathy when students engage in challenging behavior. Rather than using these moments to foster learning, self-reflection, and healing, discipline devoid of SEL skills is too often about control and punishment. “Repeat and escalating offenses” are the result. Schools come to us over and over again to ask for help with classroom management and school culture issues, Holistic Discipline has been the organic outgrowth of our work.