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Collaboration, Connection & Culture

Trauma-Informed, Restorative, & Cultural Affirming

Stress and trauma cross all ethnic and economic lines which then impacts physical health in depilating ways. Children show up to us with stress and trauma and it shows up through their behavior. Regulation, Connection, & Culture does not stop with parents, it must also be built into the cultural framework of our communities and schools. Using our experience and deep understanding of behavior, restorative practices, social emotional skills, cultural responsibility,  and trauma-informed practices, you’ll receive real solutions and be able to have authentic conversations. Schedule an onsite or phone consultation today so we can discuss your specific needs.

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District & School Professional Learning

Community Gardening


A comprehensive approach to strengthening communities

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Family and Parenting Workshops

Interested in making your program, community, or family stronger? Call us today to schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation.


About Systems That Work

Training with Purpose & Intentionality

Systems That Work was founded on the idea that in order for change to be significant, meaningful, and sustainable, it must look at the system as a whole. We believe that education, communities, and families can only operationalize and function fully when there are systems in place THAT work. When systems are created with the individual needs of your school community, teachers, and students at the forefront, it creates an organized and purposeful structure that is not only achievable, but sustainable as well.

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Meet Dinah, Co-Founder

My Story

I am Dinah Taylor, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Associate. I am the co-founder of Systems That Work and Village Hills Counseling. With over 17 years in education, I have spent a great deal of my time learning, researching, and working with students who have challenging behavior. I have also trained over 1,000 educators in the area of trauma informed practices, restorative practices, and culturally relevant teaching.

I was first drawn to this work because I know firsthand what it feels like to be stuck as an educator and also a parent. From as long as I can remember, I have had a love for people and a strong desire and passion to witness the social emotional growth of educators, students, and communities. 

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Your presentation was extremely effective for me.  I walked away with much to reflect upon and immediate changes I can and will make in my classroom. I am not one who struggles with classroom management, and still your presentation was informative for me.  I hope others can see you have something to offer everyone.  Thank you for spending time with us yesterday.

6th Grade Teacher
Columbia, SC

I want to take a moment to celebrate you and all you do for us. Because of you and your work we are becoming the school I had envisioned.

Your calming presence, thoughtful words, and knowledge are all to be admired and celebrated.

We appreciate you more than words can say!!

Elementary Principal
Columbia, SC

This session has really helped me to become more aware of myself as a classroom manager and how to address situations from a different perspective. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for such a useful class!

Excellent Presenter! Bring her back!

- Anonymous Feedback

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Irmo, SC 29063

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