School District, IMESD to Host Conference for Regional Teachers


Hermiston School District will host a regional Conscious Discipline conference in collaboration with the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD), July 6-10, at Armand Larive Middle School.

Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based trauma-informed approach to provide behavioral management strategies and classroom structures educators can use to teach students the skills they will need in everyday situations. Through the program, adults and children learn skills to successfully manage life tasks, such as forming healthy relationships, communicating effectively, being supportive of other’s needs, and getting along with others.

Attendees from the Hermiston, Morrow County, Pendleton, Stanfield, Helix, and La Grande (remotely) school districts; Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub, Eastern Oregon University Head Start, and school resource officers from the Hermiston and Pendleton Police Department will develop the seven foundational relationship skills to help an individual become more aware of one’s reactions to conflict to choose a different response. Once the skills are applied, improvement is seen at home, work, and school. The seven skills are:

  • Anger management
  • Helpfulness
  • Assertiveness
  • Impulse Control
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation
  • Problem Solving

“I am excited and proud that this is the second year Hermiston School District will host this conference,” said Jake Bacon, HSD director of human resources and one of the event’s organizers. “This year’s partnership with IMESD allows us to open the conference to our regional school districts. I see it as a win-win for all of us. Home and school life are so interconnected, and this program provides powerful techniques that enable adults and children alike the ability to handle life’s difficult situations.”