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APPS Parent and Child Education

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Are you looking for Positive Discipline Parent and Child Preschool Education?

Almaden Parents Pre School is an official Positive Discipline Lab School where you will find:

  • Developmentally appropriate play based preschool classes for young children
  • Weekly Positive Discipline parent education classes (with yours truly)
  • Experienced Positive Discipline Certified teachers
  • Engagement opportunities for parents and children that encourage belonging and significance
  • Multiple class sessions being offered online during the 2020-21 school year

During the 2020-2021 school year, join us for distance learning no matter where you are in the world.

For more information: WWW.APPSONLINE.ORG



Parenting with Positive Discipline


ONLINE - 4 Class Series

Parenting has always been full of challenges, but now more than ever parents and caregivers need positive skills to be their child's first and best teacher. This 4 class online series (via Zoom) will cover some of the key concepts that will encourage family harmony, cooperation and mutual respect. These interactive live sessions will include a mix of lecture, activities and group discussions that will help participants explore the concepts and practice the tools. The ongoing connection with the group will provide support and encouragement.

Class 1 - Positive Discipline, What Is It And How Can It Help?

Class 2 - Creating Routines and Taking Time for Training

Class 3 - Focusing on Solutions Instead of Punishment or Reward

Class 4 - Tips for Winning Cooperation

To be able to participate fully you will need a computer or device with a camera, microphone/headphones and keyboard. 

Dates & Time

4:00-5:00pm (PST) on Mondays Afternoons

February 1, 8,15, 22, 2021

Cost: $45 per person

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CERTIFICATION - Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators

Become a Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator


This two-day interactive workshop is designed for early childhood educators, teachers, and caregivers who work with children from birth to six years of age. (Parents will also find this workshop helpful; however the focus is on early childhood education.) Participants will learn to apply the principles and tools of Positive Discipline, an Adlerian research-based philosophy, to working with groups of young children. They will also gain a deeper understanding of how young children learn, the importance of belonging and social and emotional learning, and how best to teach those skills in a classroom or care setting.


Participants will earn recognition as Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educators and will learn to: 

  • Create a classroom or care setting where children can develop a sense of belonging and significance based on the importance of contribution and mutual respect.
  • Understand how young children learn and how to adapt teaching to the needs of this age group.
  • Foster essential social and emotional skills to support develpment and school readiness, and understand behavior and how to guide it in groups of young children.
  • Teach the essential skills for developmentally appropriate participation in class meetings
  • Learn Positive Discipline and Adlerian concepts for use in the classroom, preschool community, and with parents.


8:00-2:00pm PST on January 16 & 23, 2021

3:00-5:00pm PST on January 18 & 25, 2021

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Positive Discipline Trainers and experienced Early Childhood Educators Cathy Kawakami and Jody Malterre

Materials Included: Book, facilitator manual and a 1 year membership to the Positive Discipline Association

Participants in the U.S. will have the materials shipped directly. Participants outside the US will receive a digital copy


Early Bird Discount $375.00 per person before January 1, 2021

Regular Registration: $425 per person after January 1, 2021

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Adult Education Presentations


Would you like to bring a fun and interactive adult education presentation to your school? Presentations can be tailored to the needs of your group:

  • Back to School Encouragement - Tools You Can Use
  • Parenting Preschoolers with Positive Discipline
  • Kind and Firm Parenting and Finding Your Balance
  • Creating Routines that Work
  • Taming the Teen Years
  • Your Personality and How it Affects Theirs

Presentations are 60-90 minutes long and can contain a mix of lecture, small and large group activities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and scheduling.


Professional Development Training

Professional development training designed for teachers, administrators and school staff, availble online or at your site and tailored to your needs

The Positive Discipline in the Classroom program weaves the teaching of social-emotional skills and character development into the fabric of each and every school day.  Positive Discipline can literally be considered the glue and structure that holds everything together in a school community – academic education, family, community involvement, wellness, etc.  Without strong social and emotional skills and character education, children are not able to self-regulate, process information well and often misbehave when they cannot find their sense of belonging and significance.  For teachers, administrators and staff, until you are able to address the root causes and apply it with the latest research on brain and child development, the pressures of working in education can often weigh you down. Regular professional development is a necessity to deep and lasting positive change in your school's culture and climate. Training that is tailored to your specific needs can empower you with knowledge and skills on:

  • The latest brain research and how you can teach skills for higher level learning and engagement.
  • Understanding the root causes of discouragement that lead to ongoing misbehaviors from some students and how to positively teach skills for improved behavior
  • Understanding your personal teaching style and what that draws forth from others.
  • Learning how to facilitate activities for students and parents so that there is a common language within your school and classroom community.
  • The Teachers Helping Teachers Problem Solving process for further collaboration with co-workers for ongoing support and encouragement.

For years school personnel have looked for effective methods to handle discipline in the classroom. Positive Discipline in the Classroom, the widely-used child guidance model by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, is a process that involves teachers and students in true dialogue and problem-solving on issues that are of real and practical concern to them. The Positive Discipline Association has updated training materials, follow up support and connection to others worldwide who are using these respectful teaching methods.



One on One Coaching Package

Ideal for parents, caregivers and others who are familiar with the basics of Positive Discipline either through a presentation, class or book and would like more specific guidance to implement positive changes to solve challenges. Through the lens of Positive Discipline, challenges and misbehaviors are related to the need for belonging and significance. Once coaching participants better understand how to implement the concepts in real life, they can apply that knowledge to other benefit other relationships and continue to improve their family dynamics independently.

Coaching is done through scheduled video or phone calls and are only done as a 4 session package (4 - 30 min. calls over 4-6 weeks).  Cost is $150 for the package. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

1. Introductions and identification of challenges and goals

2. Explore beliefs behind the behavior and focus on solutions to try

3. Follow up and refinement of implementation progress

4. Follow up, refinement and encouragement toward continued progress


"We can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply by changing ourselves"

-Rudolf Dreikurs

Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit

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Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit

by Joyful Courage with host Casey O'Roarty

Hey Parents! Are you currently raising a teenager? Then check this out – I am thrilled to be a   part of the Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit. 5 days, 15 interviews, and a   lifetime of wisdom. If you are interested in listening to real, honest conversations about the messiness of parenting during this wild time, this is for you.

For more information and to register go to: Joyful Courage