Workshop Information

Positive Discipline in the Classroom

Date: September 20, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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

Cost: USD 350 or RMB 2350

Target Audience: Elementary, middle and high school educators

This two-day interactive workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, school staff and administrators who want an effective discipline approach based on Adlerian Psychology, that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging student behaviors. Attendees will earn recognition as a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educators.

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

  1. Develop a large teaching toolbox of kind and firm discipline approaches.
  2. Establish explicit classroom structures and procedures.
  3. Create an equitable classroom community based on mutual respect.
  4. Understand the motivation behind students’ misbehavior and how to encourage positive change.
  5. Facilitate effective class meetings teaching social skills and problem-solving.
  6. Understand the belief behind student’s misbehavior and how to use encouragement to motivate positive change.
  7. Learn Positive Discipline/Adlerian Psychology for use in the classroom and school community.
  8. Acquire an understanding of the elements of cultural sensitivity and some tools for addressing cross cultural issues.


Jill Stansbury

Jill Stansbury is the Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning specialist at the Shanghai American School Puxi campus. Her master’s degree is in educational leadership from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She has been a trainer for the Positive Discipline Association since 2007 and has used Positive Discipline preschool through high school as both a teacher and administrator since 1994. She enjoys helping educators strengthen their relationships with students by sharing strategies that teachers and schools can use to artfully teach students long-term life skills.

Registration Details


Complete the online registration form by September 13, 2019. Click here to register.


Please pay via wire transfer to Shanghai American School by August 2, 2019, and identify that that the transfer is for the Positive Discipline the in the Early Childhood Classroom Workshop. If you need fapiao with your school’s name listed on it, the wire transfer must be made in that name.

Please send RMB wire transfer payments to:




Please send USD payments via wire transfer to:

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


Tel. Number: +86-21-64273890

or if a US based intermediary bank is needed:


ABA Routing #: 021000089


To ensure the payment is properly credited, please provide a scanned copy of your completed transfer to Please email the same address to request a receipt or fapiao for this workshop.

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 September are between 21 °C and 27 °C and for October are between 16 °C and 23 °C.

Contact details: If you have any questions, please contact Linda Yeh at