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The Practitioner's Class

Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom

The Practitioner’s Class is the foundational course for, Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom, by Jane Nelsen and Chip DeLorenzo.  The class uses a case study approach to discovering the principles and tools of Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom.  The class gives participants the opportunity to connect with other Montessori educators in an experiential setting to learn how to implement the respectful and time-tested classroom management approach that builds responsibility, independence, motivation and empathy within classroom communities.

Using real classroom situations, participants will learn to:

  • Prepare a classroom social/emotional environment that will reduce misbehavior.
  • Create effective support plans to help students with behavioral challenges.
  • Develop clear and consistent practices among adults to meet behavioral challenges respectfully and effectively.
  • Understand the roots of misbehavior in children.
  • Help children develop self-regulation, cooperation, and independence.
  • Help students find a sense of belonging and significance in their classroom community.
  • Develop school-wide practices that will help teachers and parents.
“Thank you so much for an incredible class!! I am so excited to share this with my staff and hope to someday have you come and speak to our school. Thank you also for starting this group and all your work! I was just telling my staff today that your work is everything I have always wanted for classroom management founded on Montessori’s work and have just done my best to piece together through trial and error and some big learning experiences.  ~  Paulene Meert, Director, Sophia Montessori Academy

While there is no magic bullet for managing behavioral challenges, there are concrete principles and skills that can be learned by adults that will help develop respect and cooperation in the classroom, and effectively respond to misbehavior in a manner that helps children for the long-term.  We hope you will join us for this workshop.

July 2024 - The Practitioner's Class

Dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays ~ July 8 through July 30.

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5)

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitator:  Chip DeLorenzo

Conflict to Collaboration

Positive and Effective Communication with Montessori Parents

The Conflict to Collaboration course is designed for Montessori Educators and Leaders to help build supportive and collaborative relationships with parents, using the principles of  Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom.  Children are best supported when parents, teachers and leaders, have strong working relationships.  Supported children are secure children. When children feel secure they experience emotional, social and academic success.  In this 8-session workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Build supportive and trusting relationships with parents.
  • Handle difficult and emotionally charged interactions successfully.
  • Avoid common communication mistakes that are often overlooked.
  • Communicate child concerns to parents and maintain parent support.
  • Turn challenging situations into opportunities for building strong relationships.
  • Hold successful and productive parent-teacher conferences.
  • Develop school-wide practices that will help teachers and parents.

July 2024 - Conflict to Collaboration Course

Dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 through July 30

Time:  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitator:  Chip DeLorenzo

The Class Meeting Deep Dive

For Elementary and Adolescent Practitioners

The Class Meeting is central and critical of Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom.   It is the key to creating a democratic environment that develops mutual respect, cooperation, and responsibility.  Join us, as we take a deeper look at the Class Meeting process.  During this 4-session workshop participants will work with other Montessori educators who are practicing Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom to:

  • Run highly effective Class Meetings.
  • Learn how to teach the Class Meeting process at the beginning of the year, and create “buy-in” from students.
    Discover how to directly teach needed social skills to students within the Class Meeting process, and create your own lessons.
  • Create a pacing guide for teaching the Class Meeting process and social skills throughout the school year.
  • Identify common problems that can occur during Class Meetings and how to overcome them, proactively.
  • Learn how to use the Class Meeting process to resolve interpersonal conflict, and help students learn important leadership problem-solving skills by helping each other.
  • Have time to ask and answer questions!

August 2024 - Deep Dive: Class Meetings Course

Dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 through July 17

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Facilitator:  Chip DeLorenzo


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