Rec’s and Reviews: New Parenting Book!

written by Alexandra Wade


The cover of "No-Drama Discipline."

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, the team behind The Whole-Brain Child, want to make discipline more effective for both parents and children. Their brand new book, No-Drama Discipline, provides strategies for dealing with all type of misbehavior without causing a scene. It features tips for guiding your child through a tantrum, candid stories, and fun illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, all highlighting the link between the way parents react to misbehavior and neurological development in children.

Published on Sept. 23, this book aims to teach parents “how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.”

The Authors

  • Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, and the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is the author of several books and a Harvard Medical School graduate.
  • Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the director of parents for the Mindsight Institute, a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist, and the child development specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, California. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Interested in more reviews and recommendations? Community Education will be featuring a book or movie on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Keep up with our blog to see what’s new!

Community Ed. Highlight: Michelle Campos Joins Facility Use Department

written by Alexandra Wade

ced_michelle_campos'For the first Community Education Highlight, we are featuring Michelle Campos, who recently joined the WDMCS Facility Use Department. She worked as the I-Care Coordinator for Stilwell Junior High for 5.5 years before starting her new position on Aug. 11.

As part of the facilities department, Michelle is responsible for scheduling all school facilities, including gyms, cafeterias, auditoriums and classrooms. Her favorite part of her new position is working to meet the needs of people in the district. People who need to reserve facilities can contact Michelle directly at (515) 633-5014 or, or they can visit Community Education’s ‘Reserve a Facility’ page.

In her free time, Michelle likes to watch her three sons play football and other sports. She also likes to run, walk her dogs and play volleyball. She enjoys reading, when she gets the time to sit down.

Michelle thinks “Team Unity” is the most important Community Education value because she sees the community as a team. It also reflects one of her favorite sayings: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

For more Community Ed. Highlights and other fun posts, keep checking in with the Community Education blog!

Instructor Tips: Debbie Marshall — First Impressions

written by Alexandra Wade

For our first Instructor Tips post, we invited Debbie Marshall, owner and founder of Thrive Coaching and Consulting, to give us a few tips about first impressions. Marshall will be teaching the “Does Your Appearance Make a First Impression Before You Do?” LEARNwest class from 6:30—8:30 on Thursday, Oct. 16., in Indian Hills Junior High Room 1218.

Debbie Marshall, founder and owner of Thrive Coaching and Consulting

Debbie Marshall, founder and owner of Thrive Coaching and Consulting

Debbie Marshall’s Tips on First Impressions

Make a Positive Impression
First impressions are made in seven seconds. If your first impression does not convey polished, confident and successful, anything you say after that is impacted in a negative way.

Don’t Ignore Your Appearance
Ignoring our appearance minimizes the efforts we put into the other parts of our life. If we work hard to get a degree, spend time training and improving our skills and knowledge, or getting fit, it’s counterproductive to ignore our appearance.

Look Good to Feel Good
There is no doubt that when we look good, we feel good. When our clothes are too tight, too baggy, outdated, or inappropriate to the situation we’re in, we tend to shrink, hide, not speak up and reflect low self esteem.

Did you like these quick and effective instructor tips? Watch for more Instructor Tips posts, the third week of every month.