Workshop Information

Positive Discipline in the Classroom

Date: October 26, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus, 258 Jinfeng Road, Minhang District, Shanghai, China 201107

Cost: USD 350 or RMB 2350

Target Audience: teachers, parents and administrators interested in parent education

Research has demonstrated the importance of social and emotional learning, even above academics. Positive Discipline parenting tools teach valuable social and life skills without using any form of punishment, rewards, praise, permissiveness and even logical consequences—at least hardly ever.

What is Positive Discipline?

Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, and is designed to teach children to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best-selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others, Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and support staff). Recent 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 and focus more on learning. To be successful contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills.

The 5 Criteria

Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches. Dr. Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:

  1. Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)
  2. Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)
  3. Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works short term, but has negative long- term results.)
  4. Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)
  5. Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways?

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn research based effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive non-permissive).
  • Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families.
  • Gain practice with experiential exercises for “getting into the child’s work” to understand the “belief behind behavior” in order to motivate change.


Monica Albertini

MONICA ALBERTINI is a Middle School Counselor at the Shanghai American School Puxi Campus. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Boston University and has been in international elementary and middle school counseling positions for the past 18 years, working in prevention as well as effective interventions with children, families and all members of the school community. She fell in love with Positive Discipline philosophy and programs in 2008. First becoming certified as a Parent Educator and then extending this passion to classroom facilitation in 2012, then Trainer level in 2018. She is an experienced certified PD educator constantly seeking to bring PD tools creatively to classrooms and homes and has used PD tools in K-12 as a teacher as well as a counselor. She enjoys supporting parents, teachers and students to achieve success through mutually respectful and satisfying relationships.

Registration Details


Complete the online registration form by October 11, 2019. Click here to register.


Payment can be made by:

  1. Wire registration fee to Shanghai American School; or
  2. RMB cash on the first day of the workshop

(PLEASE identify that the wire transfer is for Becoming a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. If a school title fapiao is required, the wire transfer must be made in the name of the school)

USD Account

Name: Shanghai American School

Account Number: 121909916032103

Bank Name: China Merchants Bank Head Office

Bank Address: China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Xu Jia Hui Sub-Branch Floor 38, No.18, Cao Xi Road (N), Shanghai, China, Post Code: 200030


Bank Tel. Number: +86-21-64273890

RMB Account

Name: Shanghai American School

Account Number: 121909916010803

Bank Name: China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Xu Jia Hui Sub-Branch

Bank Address: Floor 38, No.18, Cao Xi Road (N), Shanghai, China, Post Code: 200030

Bank telephone: +86 21 64273890-171 / 64279653

人民币帐号信息如下 (招行-徐家汇):

开户行户名: 上海美国外籍人员子女学校

开户行帐号: 121909916010803

开户行名称: 招商银行上海分行徐家汇支行

开户行地址: 上海市漕溪北路18 号38 楼, 邮编:200030

开户行电话号码:+86-21-64273890-171 / 64279653

Additional Information

Visa: You will need a visa if you are coming to Shanghai from outside of China. A simple tourist visa is sufficient for the trip.

Transportation: Transportation will be provided from the recommended hotel to the Puxi campus. Participants are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport.

Recommended Hotels: Intercontinental NECC Puxi The hotel is close by the school and five minutes walk to the subway. Please book directly with at the hotel letting her know that you are a guest of the Shanghai American School when booking. You will then be eligible for our corporate rate @RMB 800 + 10% service charge + 6% tax including 1 daily breakfast.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Transportation to and from the Intercontinental NECC and the Puxi campus.
  • Lunch and coffee breaks each day of the workshop
  • All workshop materials

Weather: The average temperatures for October are between 14 °C and 22 °C.

Contact details: If you have any questions, please contact Katrin Hebein at