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Sharing Best Practices


Throughout OKFutures, OPSR will leverage partnerships to learn successful strategies that inform systems improvements. In doing so, OKFutures will create a one-year, cross sector professional development plan to expand capacity for implementing evidence-based practices.OKFutures will also work to increase the skills and capacity of classroom management, coaching, mentoring and consultation.

On January 30 & 31, OPSR offered Conscious Discipline training to early childhood professionals at Sheraton Midwest City Hotel in the Reed Conference Center. This two-day training taught participants how to use research-based strategies to respond to an individual child's needs with empathy and improved connection.

Click here to learn what participants had to say about this training!



Conscious Discipline is a research-based methodology that creates a culture of compassion and facilitates a shift in how adults understand behavior via the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model. This approach utilizes strategies that respond to an individual child's needs and has been proven to increase self-regulation, a sense of safety, connection, empathy and motivation.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants of OPSR's Conscious Discipline went through two days of engaging training. In addition, attendees recieved copies of the books "Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms," "Creating a School Family: Bully-Proofing Classrooms Through Emotional Intelligence" and "I Love You Rituals."

Specifically, "Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms" helps transfom social-emotional skills, school climate, academics and home and school connections. "Creating a School Family: Bully-Proofing Classrooms Through Emotional Intelligence" integrates social-emotional well-being into existing curriculum. Inspired by a healthy family model, this book offers tools to create a positive school climate that is integral to children's academic success.

Featured Trainer

Mara Spencer

Mara McElroy Spencer has a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences and has worked in the early education field for almost 20 years. She owns and operates a fully implemented Conscious Discipline preschool/primary school, serving ages birth-1st grade. Additionally, she sits on the board of directors for two K-8 public charter schools in Leon County, FL. Spencer resides in Tallahassee, FL with her husband, Justin, and their four children: Mallie, Jack, Luke, and Ella Cate.



*Funding for this project was made possible by OKFutures, a grant known as the Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, Grant No. 90TP0037. This grant was awarded to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services & Education and is administered by the Administration for Children and Families. This event is solely the responsibility of OPSR and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

OKFutures Moving Forward

On Saturday, Nov. 2, OPSR hosted our first state-wide professional development conference in eight locations. With several different training tracks, this early childhood professional development opportunity had over 800 participants.

Thank you to all of our participants for joining us at the conference!


This conference offered four different training tracks, such that attendees could customize their experience to best fit their needs. Every location offered: Trauma-Informed Care, Toddler and Infant Care, Brain Development, The Importance of Play and The Happy Teacher Project. Registration was only $15 and all qualifying attendees received a $40 stipend for their participation. Professionals also earned six form training hours.

For complete details, visit the OKFutures Moving Forward page.


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