Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom 

A Two-Day Workshop Hosted by the Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies and The Barrie School

Silver Spring, MD

 February 14-15, 2020


Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 8:30 AM to  4:30 PM 

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The Barrie School 
13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

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Chip DeLorenzo, M.Ed.
Head of School, Damariscotta Montessori School Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

 Phone: 207-380-3465 

 Email:  chipdelorenzo@gmail.com

 Web Site: www.developingcapablechildren.com



Whole School Workshops

 Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classrooms can  be arranged for individual schools.  Contact Chip for  more information and scheduling availablity. 


Reasonably Priced Area Accomodations


Homewood Inn

8728 Colesville Rd

 Silver Spring, MD 

(301) 565-0005

Bethesda Marriott 

5151 Pooks Hill Road

Bethesda, MD 

(301) 897-9400

Hilton Garden Inn 

2200 Broadbirch Drive

Silver Spring, MD

(301) 622-3333


Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs (and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others). Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches. Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:


 Effective discipline… 

1) Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and signicance) 

2) Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.) 

3) Is effective long - term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.) 

4) Teaches important social and life skills . (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.) 

5) Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)


Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 14-15, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Barrie School and the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies will be hosting this workshop at their campus at 13500 Layhill Road in Silver Spring, MD.  This workshop will allow participants to connect with other Montessori teachers in an experiential setting and learn how to implement a respectful and time-tested classroom management approach that builds responsibility, independence, motivation and empathy within their classroom communities.  Participants will learn to: 

  • Create a classroom social/emotional environment that will reduce misbehavior
  • Develop clear and consistent practices amongst the adults in their classrooms to meet behavioral challenges respectfully and effectively
  • Understand the roots of misbehavior in children
  • Implement respectful, effective tools to help children develop self-regulation, cooperation and independence.
  • Empower children to become connected, responsible members of the classroom community
  • Help children find a sense of belonging and significance in their classroom community
  • Effectively train assistants in classroom management
  • Develop school-wide practices that will help parents as well as teachers. 

Registration can be completed online by clicking the link below.  For more information, including hotel information, please call Chip at 207-380-3465, or email at chipdelorenzo@gmail.com

About the facilitator:  Chip as been in Montessori education for over 20 years in the capacity of teacher (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-14) and administrator.  He is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, and the Head of School for the Damariscotta Montessori School.

"I have been implementing Positive Discipline principles in my own classrooms and schools since I was a first-year teacher.  Having a concrete way to reduce misbehavior and help children become happy, contribuiting members of the classroom community saved me from burnout as a teacher; and has helped me resolve innumerable behavioral difficulties over the years as a head of school.  Our school has adopted Positive Discipline as its formal discipline policy, and we have found it an invaluable method to empower children to become respectful, confident and independent problem-solvers, and ultimately to facilitate normalization.  It has also been one of the greatest tools that we have used to get staff and parents “on the same page” and support one another with one in helping children find social and emotional success in our school community and at home." 

 If you would like to attend this workshop, please register online by clicking the link below.





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Early Registration, on or before January 14, 2020 - $300

Regular Registration, after January 14, 2020 - $330


10% group discount for school groups of 3 or more.  Contact Chip for discount code.

Attending again?  Please contact Chip for discount code.


CancellationsA 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.