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Discipline with Purpose


Discipline with Purpose is a developmental approach to teaching self-discipline skills to our students.  We have used this program, created by Barbara Vasiloff, for the past 15 years.  Discipline with Purpose gives perspective on how to make every disciplinary situation “a teachable moment.”  There are 15 skills in this program as detailed below:

Basic Skills

Prompted: Birth – K
Internalized: K – 3rd

  1. Listening
  2. Following Instructions
  3. Questioning
  4. Sharing: Time, Space, People  and Things
  5. Exhibiting Social Skills


Prompted: K – 3rd
Internalized: 3rd – 7th

  1. Cooperating with Others
  2. Understanding the Reason for Rules
  3. Independently Completing a Task
  4. Exhibiting Leadership
  5. Communicating Effectively


Prompted: K-7th
Internalized: 7th-12th

  1. Organizing: Time, Space, People, Things
  2. Resolving Mutual Problems
  3. Taking the Initiative in Problem Solving
  4. Distinguishing Fact From Feeling
  5. Sacrificing/Serving Others