Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators

Registration has closed. Contact Marcilie@WorkingParenting.com to be placed on an interest list for future sessions.

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 best and how to adapt teaching to the needs of this age group.
  • Foster essential social and emotional skills to support development and school readiness.
  • Teach the essential skills for developmentally appropriate participation in class meetings.
  • Understand behavior and how to guide it in groups of young children.
  • Understand racial identity development in young children and expand culturally responsive teaching practices.
Event Details

Dates:  April 13-14, 2024, from 9 – 5 both days. Convert to your time zone here

Where:  Rockridge Montessori School, 5633 Manila Ave, Oakland CA 94618. 10-15 minute walk from the Rockridge Bart Station. Free street parking available.

Materials:  Your fee includes Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators manual, and a choice of either Positive Discipline 0‑3 or Positive Discipline for Preschoolers.

Contact:  Catherine@interweavers.com or (510) 859‑4160 to request information regarding special needs accommodations. Scholarship information at positivediscipline.org/scholarships 

Cost: $499/person

Groups of 4 or more who register together get an additional $40 off /person. Use coupon code ECEGROUP at registration.

COVID Precautions:  We will follow Alameda County safety recommendations in effect at the time of the workshop.

Registration has closed. Contact Marcilie@WorkingParenting.com to be placed on an interest list for future sessions.

Cancellation & Refunds: 

For cancellations up to 30 days before the first day of workshop: A full refund minus $35 processing fee will be given. 

For cancellations between 30 and 5 days before the first day of workshop: No refunds will be given. Registrants can transfer to a future ECE workshop within one year and will be charged a $35 transfer fee. 

For cancellations within 5 days of the first day of the workshop: Registrants can transfer to a future ECE workshop within one year and will be charged a $75 transfer fee.

No-Shows: No refunds or transfers are available except in cases of unpredictable and serious emergencies.  

Refunds are not available after a transfer has been made. In the event of cancellation or workshop changes, participants will be notified by email.


Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper empowers people to lead with courage and connection at work, home and in life. She has 26 years of teaching and leadership experience with a Masters in Early Childhood Education, a Montessori Administrator credential, and is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Certified Integral Coach.

Marcilie Smith Boyle is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Career Coach who helps high achieving parents and professionals live, work, and parent with more peace, purpose, and joy. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and CPCC from Coaches Training Institute. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three children.

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Registration has closed. Contact Marcilie@WorkingParenting.com to be placed on an interest list for future sessions.

Catherine’s calm presence, vibrant personality, great organization skills and clear communication style kept participants on track and focused during a whole day and weekend workshop when a lot of material was being covered… I appreciate Catherine for being a strong and inspirational leader while consistently displaying a compassionate, caring and very supportive teaching style.

Stefanie Baldwin, MA Early Childhood Education
Early childhood music specialist (Music Together and German children’s music
Certified Positive Discipline parent educator

Catherine is able to meet people where they are, and facilitate shifts in their understanding that leads to remarkable growth, in a short period of time. She is a highly reflective, deeply compassionate and insightful person.

Love Weinstock, Head of School
Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley, CA

Catherine is amazing and exudes knowledge and confidence, and she is happy. She is like a modern day Mary Poppins… minus the cool umbrella.

Ryan Juan

Catherine – you rock! I appreciate the flow, organization and thought that you put into the past two days… You are clearly an expert, and it helps that you have so much classroom, supervision and parenting experience. This keeps your ideas fresh and practical.

Positive Discipline in the Classroom™ participant

“Marcilie’s parent education workshop was one of the best we have organized. In just an hour and a half, she was able to deliver the key messages of Positive Discipline, while still allowing ample time for practice, questions, and feedback.  The parents walked away with a clear understanding of how to be both kind and firm in their parenting, and specific strategies that will help them get there.  I also really appreciated how well Marcilie managed the time and agenda.  I would HIGHLY recommend Marcilie to schools looking for an interactive, thorough, and fun introduction to Positive Discipline.”

Britta Pells
Early Childhood Director
Chinese American International School
San Francisco, CA

I would highly recommend taking one of Marcilie Smith Boyle’s Positive Discipline classes.  The classes are not only fun but also very encouraging.  Parents feel supported and not alone in their discipline challenges.  There is time to discuss and practice basic skills/challenges needed to discipline kindly but effectively.   You will leave with a toolbox of skills to use at home.  Whether you are looking for a parent class or doing some individual work with Marcilie you will not be disappointed.”

Gena Lawrence
My Own Montessori Preschool
Oakland, CA

Marcilie is super down-to-earth and uses real life scenarios that place adults into the minds of children creating a profound sense of respect and empathy for the stages children go through in difficult situations.”
Parenting Class Participant

This class is a must for all educators, parents, counselors, and anyone who is working with children. Marcilie class format was engaging and she made two very significant points that as a parent I consistently use. The first point is both people have to be on level headed to engage in a decent conversation where there will be any resolution. Timing is everything! My six year old daughter now tells me “Let’s calm down and then talk.” Our relationship feels more loving and less tense. Most of all Marcilie’s class has been invaluable to my professional career as a marriage and family therapist where I work with many hostile families. Perhaps, the most memorable take away from Marcilie’s class is “Kids do better when they feel better.” As a therapist,  I try and remind frazzled parents to look for other reasons for their kids unwanted behavior. I would highly recommend this class!”

Rachel C. Parenting Class Participant and Marriage and Family Therapist