Social Program

Our social program is built upon brain research that outlines three different “brain states” that have an impact on one’s ability to effectively problem solve. The first brain state in the “Survival State”, which represents our body’s alarm and arousal system. For our brains to develop optimally, children need to feel emotionally, socially and physically safe. This felt sense of safety provides a strong foundation in a TCDS classroom. The next brain state is the “Emotional State”. The developmental question asked by someone in an emotional state is, “Am I loved?” We need to know we are loved and connected in order to have the best opportunity to effectively problem solve. The third brain state is the “Executive State”, which represents the chief executive officer (CEO) of the brain, a magnificent integrated system within us that allows us to regulate thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and override the impulses of the lower centers of the brain. Instead of physically fighting, for example, the executive state allows us to pause and plan a wise response. This pause is where self-regulation occurs.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a way or organizing our school and classrooms around the concept of a school family. Each member of the family, both adult and child, learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others. Conscious Discipline operates on a basis of creating physical and psychological safety for children, builds self-esteem by addressing children’s universal need to be connected and contributing members of a group, and where conflict is viewed as a problem solving opportunity.


The TCDS SEAL Team provides small group and one-on-one support for students, helping them move along their unique academic and social learning journey.

For additional information or questions about the social program at TCDS, please contact our Chief Student Advocate, Mrs. Terra Maddock: