Developing Capable Children

Respectful Discipline for Montessori Schools and Families


"If we center our children's attention on what they do well, express our confidence in their ability, and give them encouragement, their mistakes and faults may die from lack of feeding." ~ Rudolf Dreikurs

Teacher Workshops

Positive Discipline workshops for Montessori teaching staff are designed to create cooperative classroom communities where children learn through building respectful relationships.  Participants will be introduced to Positive Discipline philosophy and tools to learn how do encourage and empower children to learn valuable social and life skills through problem solving, class meetings and respectful discipline methods that are both kind and firm.  Participants will also learn about the roots of misbehavior and how to help children succeed socially and emotionally, and respond to children in a manner that promotes cooperation, respect and independence.

Workshops are developed to help teachers and staff: 

  • Create a classroom environment that fosters respect and helpfulness, and reduces misbehavior.
  • Develop clear and consistent practices among the adults in their classrooms to meet behavior challenges respectfully and effectively.
  • Understand the roots of misbehavior.
  • Empower children to be kind, cooperative and responsible members of their classroom community.
  • Help children find a sense of belonging and significance.
  • Effectively train assistants and specialists in classroom management.

Chip holds open PD workshops for Montessori educators in different locations throughout the country (see calendar for upcoming dates and locations).  Throughout the year, Chip also works with individual schools, Montessori training centers, and regional Montessori school associations for staff training.  Schools and organizations should call or email Chip directly for more information on scheduling a workshop or training.

Parenting Workshops

Parenting workshops for Montessori parents are an incredibly effective way to help parents develop an understanding of the power of key Montessori principles: freedom within limits, respect, independence, responsibility, conflict resolution, problem solving, etc.  Parenting workshops are designed individually for schools based upon the goals of the school.  Evening, half-day, full-day and two-day workshops can be structured to meet the needs of a school's parent community.

Consulting and Coaching

Once schools have begun to use PD practices within their classrooms, the next step is to develop a whole school support model to insure uniform practices and administrative support for classroom teachers. Consulting and coaching services are available to help administrators develop policies and procedures to support Positive Discipline implementation, and to develop staff & parent education models for long-term implementation. 

Previous Workshops
  • Cornerspring Montessori School ~ Belfast, ME
  • Winfield Children's House ~ Falmouth, ME
  • Maine Montessori Association
  • Briarwood Montessori School ~ Lyman, ME
  • Newport Montessori School ~ Newport, NH
  • Merrimack Montessori School ~ Salem, NH
  • Bedford Montessori School ~ Bedford, NH
  • New Hampshire Montessori Association
  • Westside Montessori School ~ New York, NY
  • Gladwyne Montessori School, Gladwyne, PA
  • Montessori Children's Community ~ Sewickley, PA
  • Rising Stars (Northeast Montessori Institute) ~ Wenham, MA
  • The Riverbend School ~ South Natick, MA
  • American Montessori Society ~ 2012 National Conference
  • Children's Tree Montessori School ~ Old Saybrook, CT
  • Brooklyn Montessori Day School ~ Brooklyn, NY
  • Kingsley Montessori School ~ Boston, MA
  • Maine Montessori Institute ~ Falmouth, ME
  • Barrie School ~ Silver Spring, MD
  • Keystone Montessori School ~ North Chelmsford, MA
  • Menococy Valley Montessori Public Charter School ~ Frederick, MD
  • Gloria Dei Montessori School ~ Dayton, OH
  • Columbus Montessori Education Center ~ Columbus, OH
  • Inly School - Scituate, MA
  • West Side Montessori School ~ Toledo, OH
  • New York City Montessori Charter School ~ Bronx, NY
  • Central Montessori School ~ Richmond, VA
  • Bowman International School ~ Palo Alto, CA
  • Sacramento Montessori School ~ Sacramento, CA
  • Alcuin Montessori School ~ Oak Park, IL
  • Dallas Montessori Academy ~ Dallas, TX
  • Woodland Montessori School ~ Madison, WI
  • Montessori Greenhouse School ~ Garden Grove, CA
  • Mi Casita Montessori School ~ Corpus Christi, TX
  • Montessori School of Corpus Christi ~ Corpus Christi, TX
  • Corpus Christi Montessori School ~ Corpus Christi, TX
  • Brixham Montessori Friends School ~ York, ME
  • Island Montessori Charter School ~ Wilmington, NC
  • St. James Episcopal Montessori School of Dallas ~ Dallas, TX
  • Montessori Center of Our Lady ~ Livonia, MI
  • Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School ~ Washington, DC
  • Montessori School of the Berkshires ~ Lenox Dale, MA
  • Kennebec Montessori School, Fairfield ~ ME
  • Pine Grove School ~ Falmouth, ME
  • Versailles Montessori School, Versailles ~ KY
  • Meadows Montessori School, Richmond ~ TX
  • Hill View Montessori Charter Public School ~ Haverhill, MA
  • Keene Montessori School ~ Keene, NH
  • Lee Montessori Public Charter School ~ Washington, DC
  • Redwood Coast Montessori School ~ Arcata, CA
  • Thacher Montessori School ~ Milton, MA
  • Montessori Education Institute of the Northwest and Woodinville Montessori School ~ Bothell, WA
  • Mountain Village Charter School ~ Plymouth, NH
  • White Rock Montessori School ~ Dallas, TX
  • St. Catherine's University, Advanced Montessori Center ~ St. Paul, MN
  • Richmond Montessori School ~ Richmond, VA
  • Woodside Montessori Academy ~ Millis, MA
  • Murray Lasaine Montessori Elementary School ~ Charleston, SC
  • Brooklyn Heights Montessori School ~ Brooklyn, NY
  • Malta Montessori School ~ Ballston Spa, NY
  • Houston Montessori Center ~ Houston, TX
  • Near North Montessori School ~ Chicago, IL
  • Stroum Jewish Community Center ~ Mercer Island, WA
  • Clay Platte Montessori School ~ Kansas City, MO
  • Montessori Radmoor School ~ Okemos, MI
  • Moore Montessori Community School ~ Southern Pines, NC
  • The New School ~ Cincinnati, OH
  • The Brooksfield School, McLean, VA

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