This webinar will use Zoom. 

This webinar will run from 12:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET / 9:00 am - 12:15 pm PT on Saturday, December 5, 2020 for a total of 3 credit hours.

One of the #1 stressors for parents and teachers is the time they spend having to deal with child misbehavior. And COVID-19 has only increased these stressors. In this webinar, you will learn about Positive Discipline as a way to reduce misbehavior. Positive Discipline provides tools for parents and teachers that are rooted in theory and research and help teach important social and emotional life skills needed for cooperation and problem solving. Instead of using rewards and punishments (shown by research to be ineffective long-term), Positive Discipline helps parents and educators understand the belief behind the behavior (the driving force behind the behavior) and then how to use encouraging methods to build skills for success. An important aspect of Positive Discipline is family and class meetings to help develop belonging and connection as well as the ability to work with others in a group to solve problems. These meetings help children learn from the inside out by being directly involved in problem-solving, instead of from the outside in—through lectures or lessons taught by others. The root of education is educaré, which means “to draw forth.” When adults “teach” by “drawing forth,” children feel more capable, that they belong, and are more motivated to follow the solutions they help create. Through this process, students learn: listening skills, mutual respect, the value of cooling off before solving a problem, cooperation, accountability, mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn, and much more. Explore fun and interactive experiential activities you can use to practice the Positive Discipline model.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to use practical tools to redirect challenging behavior
  • List the goals of challenging behaviors and proactive responses supported by research
  • Help children develop important life skills including listening, brainstorming, problem solving, and focusing on solutions
  • Facilitate family and/or class meetings following the Positive Discipline Model
  • Recognize the long-term effects of rewards and punishments
  • Explain what the research says about discipline that works


This seminar is applicable for PK-12 teachers as well as parents. It is also applicable for administrators, instructional coaches, counselors, and other educators who support academic, social, and emotional learning.




Kelly Gfroerer, PhD, is Executive Director of the Positive Discipline Association. She has worked as a teacher, school counselor, and educational consultant for over two decades. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Georgia State University. She has a wide variety of work experience implementing Positive Discipline in schools as well as supporting families. Kelly is a frequent speaker on Positive Discipline and a Positive Discipline Certified Trainer. Kelly is the co-author of the books, Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers and Positive Discipline in the Classroom Tool Cards. Both these publications include practical, easy to implement tools that teach social and emotional life skills. Kelly also has published in academic journals on a variety of research topics including stress management and how belonging impacts personality development and learning.