The MindOH! Story

The Seed Planted
Two of our co-founders, Stephen Haslam and Dr. Rob Pennington have worked since 1981 as consultants to major corporations on an international level addressing issues involving disrespectful and irresponsible decisions, change management, conflict resolution, prejudice, and diversity in the workplace. Numerous corporate executives suggested that these qualities are critical in the workplace and that this type of training should be done in schools as a part of educational progression. Interested in pursuing this idea, they began searching for people familiar with education and inquiring about the possibilities. As a result the MindOH! interactive web-based programs were created and designed by six entrepreneurs with professional experience in nationally-recognized character education programs, fast-growth companies, creative and technology-based Internet consulting, e- learning, conflict resolution training and educational psychology.

The Need
Numerous national surveys conducted over the past 10 years have consistently concluded that the biggest concern of parents, school personnel and the students regarding our schools is discipline. There are a massive number of discipline programs; however, educational leaders readily admit that the discipline process continues to be problematic and ineffective. 

The Question
The challenge was to find a way to assist students to be self-motivated to make better choices based on the common values that are the cornerstone of a free democratic society. This would require a process that provided techniques and strategies for addressing the kind of issues students are facing today. GREAT IDEA but who is going to do this and when will anyone have the time?

Addressing the Challenge
The design of a successful discipline program would require an in-depth overhaul of the manner in which schools managed behavioral issues. The major challenges as stated by school personnel and addressed in the MindOH! Discipline and Life Skills Series included the following:

»   Reduce time away from academics
»   Provide an opportunity for a student to tell their side of the story that can be documented
»   Teach techniques and strategies that will assist students to respond rather than react to situations
»   Reduce time that discipline authorities in the school spend on documentation
»   Teach communication skills when talking with an authority figure
»   Provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their misbehavior and assume responsibility for the resulting      consequences.


“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself”
Abraham J. Heschel

“If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.”
William Feather