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  • Presenter: Elanit Weizman & Jamie Mavrides
  • Date: April 14, 2020 10:00 am
  • Target Region: Anywhere
  • Target Audience: Administration, Teachers
  • Category: Academic, General, School and Student Operations
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In this session, we will introduce the Positive Discipline approach to school leaders and teachers as an alternative to discipline systems that depend on rewards and consequences which encourage an external locust of control. Positive Discipline will be presented as an approach which teaches an internal locust of control (doing the right thing even when no one is looking). The breakout session will include a brief introduction to philosophy and implementation and will include several interactive activities.
Positive Discipline in the Classroom, developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. It is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities, by teaching important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. (
Positive Discipline is a non-punitive approach to discipline based on mutual respect and cooperation and a perfect companion for Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice, and Trauma Informed Practices. With its focus on mutual respect, building relationships and teaching life skills, Positive Discipline moves away from rewards and punishment and develops an internal locust of control in students. “Research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills.” ( Changing school culture requires commitment, patience, education, and practice from school leaders, classroom teachers, and all adults in the school who interact with students. The way adults respond to inappropriate student behavior is an important model for student conduct.