"DWP presenter Diane Flynn was wonderful, and the staff has responded very positively in these first days of school. One teacher stated it was the best professional development ever offered by the District. Diane’s experience and perspective with middle schoolers gave her “instant” credibility with my teachers. I think they saw her as a colleague and an advocate--it was an excellent workshop.
I have been busy reading the administrator’s manual today. I love how it is laid out by years and then by quarters. The in-service lesson plans will give me an excellent start on planning my faculty meetings this year.
Nearly every classroom had the three school rules, the six steps of focused listening, and the prompts for following instructions posted within the first two days of school. I have been highly aware of my language with kids in this first week to remind myself (whenever possible!) that I am a teacher of skills, not a disciplinarian.
I am excited about our future with DWP, and appreciate the tremendous support from you and Diane as we start on our journey to create a positive, effective, and skill-based culture at FHMS.
"As a mother of two coming back into teaching I have found the perfect job. My title is Character Skills / Careers / Enrichment teacher. I can choose my 1/2 time hours and my curriculum. Needless to say, I am using the DWP program. My principal had not heard of the program but after introducing the idea to him he was 100% supportive and ordered all the grade level binders for my K-6 classes.
The students come to me in my classroom for 30 minutes a week. I have always taught in DWP schools before so the students already practiced the skills. For the most part it seemed like the students in my new school really didn’t know how to behave. After 1 semester of DWP, I am so happy and proud to say that I am seeing a positive change in the students.
It has been an amazing transformation! I have been getting positive feedback from teachers and starting 2nd semester I am doing a school wide, “Skill of the Week”. I will also do a couple of hours during an in-service to share more information with the staff. The teachers say that the skills are exactly what has been missing in the school and they are so supportive and willing to learn more.
Thank you for what you do and have done for me and all the teachers and parents that you touch. I feel so fortunate to have been given this kind of knowledge about teaching and discipline. Discipline With Purpose is truly a powerful tool for teachers and parents who strive to help children grow up to be good people.
"DWP is definitely touching the culture of our school. I hear it in faculty conversations, and see remnants by the copy machine. Bulletin boards are already up! So even though we had the training two days before school started the faculty enjoyed it. I don't think any other presenter received such enthusiasm and made such an impact."
"Dear Barbara. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated you being
with us for the faculty inservice last Friday. Originally I was trained by you
and your associate around 1994 or 1995. I must say that your DWP program is the
best gift we could give to our students and to our own children. My older sons,
now 24 and 22, who graduated from our school are better citizens today because
of what they learned about the self-discipline skills. I thank you as a teacher
and a parent."
"I found the DWP sessions to be very educational and very motivational! I'm
a "very experienced" teacher always looking for something new....that works and is practical. This seems to fit the bill! I like the terminology for each self-discipline skill. I also like the fact that the entire school can use the same framework showing the students that all of us are united in our efforts."
"I enjoyed my first class on Discipline With Purpose. I felt the DWP workshop was one of the best workshops I have ever attended! As I read and study the DWP material I am in awe of your ability to conceptualize this program and put it into a written format. Your manuals are extremely comprehensive. The Administrator's Manual is a great resource! You and Paula have created a wonderful step-by-step guide that anyone can easily follow."
"The Discipline With Purpose program gives the student body a consistent way to learn how to grow up. It helps create a building culture in which all individuals, adults and children, can feel equal. Character, integrity and self control are just some of the qualities developed by this program. Another part of the program is the consistent and fair process
of managing children when they make inappropriate choices. Parents, students and teachers all use the same vocabulary and an age appropriate management system. The system provides good documentation and avenues to communicate with parents, students, and the building principal. I have been a principal for 28 years and Discipline With Purpose is the best complete program I have ever worked with. The DWP program is right on target for the needs of the students, parents, teachers and the administration in dealing with the situations that arise on a daily basis."
"The teachers loved the DWP workshop! I knew I did and I was so nervous to
see how they felt also, but they loved it. We actually got to work on cafeteria
guidelines as soon as the workshop was over. The teachers were truly pumped for
us to have some school wide guidelines. I have heard some whisperings that the
teachers are already strategizing for the next area of improvement."
"I just attended the MANS Conference in Detroit Michigan where I learned
about Discipline With Purpose for the first time. I like that you have lessons
and activities to help students figure out what the skills look like. Today I
will teach my students how to LISTEN. Yesterday, they looked at me funny when I
said, "Tomorrow I will teach you how to listen," but they were looking forward
to it. You never really think about the fact that they might not know what we
expect them to do -- we just assume they know what to do. Your program fits
right in with the current brain research, as well as Harry Wong's philosophy.
Needless to say, I am excited to begin the program."
"In the year and
a half since we implemented DWP everyone has noticed a dramatic drop in the
number of disciplinary problems. We're also beginning to see students
internalizing the skills. Last year we worked on Listening as the school wide
skill. This year we're working on Social Skills as the school wide skill. Two
things are happening: there is a greater degree of respect for each other and
property and it has made us as a staff pay closer attention to our own behavior
and what we're modeling. All in all a very positive experience."
"The DWP training has given me an anchor. When I am listening to a
student's problem I find myself asking an internal question. "What
skills could the student
be missing?" Sometimes I come up with as many as four or five. This
gives me a wider base for asking questions and arriving at solutions. It
wasn't magic; but by consciously becoming aware of the fifteen self-discipline
skills, I have become more confident in my abilities to be a mentor."
"Five of our staff attended a DWP workshop in June 2000 and have been sharing
information with the rest of the staff. I'd like to share that the
atmosphere of the school is totally different. Students and teachers are
much calmer and happier. This is just working on the first skill
"Listening" and developing T charts for classrooms and cafeteria.
So far this year we have had only 3 detentions and that is because the
children's behavior fell into the very serious category."
"I love using DWP with my students. There isn't a class that I teach that we don't
cover one of the skills by reviewing or by preteaching. Knowing that there is a
self-discipline program that is geared to all grades works great for me because I see
grades K-8 every week. I also see the progress that his program is making in our school
over the past 2 years."
These educators challenge us to rethink the meaning of DISCIPLINE as we guide
our students toward becoming self-disciplined. If you have not yet had the
opportunity to learn about Discipline With Purpose, I would encourage you to do
In my life I have known two types of discipline....the loving kind shown by my
mother and father and the type I learned in the military. Your program seems to be
teaching the first type, and I would like to help you in any way I can. I hope all
educators and parents learn that it takes SKILL to view misbehavior as a
If students learned all the skills listed on this poster (DWP skills) they would be
set for a lifetime.
This workshop deals directly with methods that can be used immediately and
best of all, show immediate results.
This course should be offered to every undergraduate thinking of entering the
DWP identifies and names the skills that adults and children alike need to be
self-disciplined. The materials prepared by the Vasiloff/Lenz team are comprehensive,
methodical and presented in a simple, direct manner. This method provides a staff with a
language and vocabulary to assist children and each other to learn important life
"DWP and all of your work/advice impacts me on a daily basis. So often I realize
how the 15 skills are so important for our daily lives. Thank you for all you
have done/do for so many people with the work that you and Paula did and you
continue to do today. It is amazing to watch my grandchildren as they try and
use the first 5 skills—they may be basic, but they are such a rich foundation
for the rest of their lives."