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Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators

  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 9:00 AM (PDT)
  • 03 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • IN PERSON - Oakland, CA (2-Day Workshop October 2-3, 2021)

Facilitator(s): Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper, MS, CPDT, CIC, &
Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, CPCC, CPDT

Dates and Times:
10/02/2021 - 10/03/2021
9 AM - 5 PM


Rockridge Community Center
5776 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94618, USA

Cost: $399 Early Registration, available until 09/12/2021. $450 Regular Registration.  Groups of 4 or more who register together get an additional $40 off /person. Use coupon code ECEGROUP at registration. Limit 40.

Facilitator Information: 
Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Integral Coach dedicated to creating equitable learning communities centering belonging and liberation. Catherine has over 25 years of teaching, facilitation and coaching experience at the early childhood through graduate school levels. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education, a Montessori Administrator Credential and is a Certified Realization Process Embodiment and Healing Ground Teacher. Catherine is an Adult Third Culture Kid of European and Persian heritage who was raised in Southeast Asia and on the East Coast. Her learning journey continues to unfold alongside her partner and two teenagers in the East Bay of San Francisco.

Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, CPCC supports parents, educators, and professionals to find more peace, purpose, and joy in work and life. A Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Trainer and Career & Executive Coach, Marcilie leverages her previous sixteen-year consulting and marketing career to ensure her clients get a high return on their coaching investment. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, BA from Dartmouth, and CPCC from The Coaches Training Institute. Her services include leadership coaching, career transition coaching, and parenting coaching for individuals and groups as well as Parenting with Positive Discipline classes and speaking events. She loves living in Oakland with her husband and three children.

Workshop Description:
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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Understand how young children learn and how to adapt teaching to the needs of this age group. 
  3. Foster essential social and emotional skills to support development and school readiness and to understand behavior and how to guide it in groups of young children. 
  4. Teach the essential skills for developmentally appropriate participation in class meetings. 
  5. Learn Positive Discipline and Adlerian concepts for use in the classroom, preschool community, and with parents. 

Additional Information:

Special needs/accommodations: Contact or (510) 859‑4160 to request information regarding special needs accommodations. The workshop will be in a one-story ground-level building that is fully wheelchair accessible. 

COVID Precautions: We will follow Alameda County safety recommendations in effect at the time of the workshop regarding mask use and distancing.

To Register:

Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper,, 510-859-4160
Marcilie Smith Boyle,, 510-499-7720​​​​​​​

Special needs/accommodations: If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact, 510-859-4160 in advance. 

The Positive Discipline Association is pleased to provide the opportunity for educators to earn graduate-level university credit. Whether you attend one of our live workshops or participate in an online workshop, you may choose to earn 1 to 4 non-degree credits. These credits are for licensure renewal and salary step increases only. The cost of graduate-level credit is separate from the workshop registration fee. Click Here for more information.

Positive Discipline Association courses approved for Graduate-Level Semester Credits through University of the Pacific will appear on an Official Transcript with a letter grade.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Workshop Registrations: A full refund (minus a $35 processing fee) will be given when the request for a refund is made up to 30 days prior to the first day of a workshop. Refunds are not available for cancellations less than 30 days before a workshop. However, paid registrants can transfer to another workshop within one year at no additional cost. Refunds are not available after a transfer is made or if you do not provide advanced notice that you will not be attending the workshop. 

In the event of cancellation, participants will be notified by email.

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