Introduction to Positive Discipline Principles

Online training (STARS)

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Welcome to Sproutable's Introduction to Positive Discipline Principles!

This course gives the framework of Positive Discipline when caring for children. You will learn to discipline with firmness and kindness, cultivate a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Learn tools and principles to invite cooperation, build strong relationships and find the joy and humor in everyday moments.

Sproutable offers online courses for preschool teachers and child care providers. All courses are Washington State-approved STARS courses.

Positive Discipline based, research backed, teacher tested

What do I get?

  • Self-paced online course (mobile & desktop)
  • Videos of real teachers and students
  • Examples and tools specific to classrooms (family child care, child care centers, and preschool)
  • Downloads with scripts & tools
  • Unlimited Q&A (email us anytime!)
  • 6 months to complete the course
  • Certificate of completion

5 hours of training

$75 US

Introduction to Positive Discipline Principles

WA State STARS approved course for child care providers

$75 USD
Self-paced, 6 months to complete

This course is an introduction to Positive Discipline for child care providers, preschool teachers and anyone working in a classroom with young children. Based on the theories of psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, this course is an introduction to Positive Discipline. This is the perfect foundational course for anyone looking to shift from “dealing” with challenging behaviors to building classroom communities where all children feel connection and belonging and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

5 hours of certified training

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, Julietta Skoog. Learn what is Positive Discipline, Adlerian Psychology and how it aligns with teaching social & emotional skills.

2. Reframing behavior challenges

How can we understand behavior more intentionally? Instead of trying to stop behavior, how can you change your perspective to drive your response?

3. Teaching social & life skills

What social and life skills are on your list to teach young children? How can challenges be opportunities to teach social and life skills? What do they need from us to learn?

4. Discipline means to teach

The latin root of discipline means to teach. How can we show up as teachers to teach skills that are missing? What does research say about discipline and our own implicit bias?

5. Five principles of Positive Discipline

Also known as the five criteria of effective discipline, we will dive into the principles and how they apply to real classroom challenges.

6. Five Sproutable tools

Watch real examples of our top classroom tools to invite cooperation: Asking v. telling, tone of voice, limited choices, curiosity questions, and humor. Based on Positive Discipline tools by Jane Nelsen.

7. Child development & research

Social & emotional development tip

Piaget’s theory of self-schemas

Executive Function tip

Piaget's theory of cognitive development

8. Conclusion

“This course has given me a new outlook on how to communicate more effectively moving forward in my career. The videos give real-life examples that are relatable, the readings are very informative and I learned so many new things from each section in the course. I would highly recommend it to any professional, especially those working with toddlers and preschoolers.”

- Aubrey H.

Positive Discipline

We incorporate Dr. Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline based on the theories of psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Positive Discipline helps children feel a sense of significance and belonging through learning important life skills of empowerment, self-reliance, and cooperation. Sproutable's Online Introduction to Positive Discipline Principles is an officially licensed Positive Discipline product.

This discipline style encourages kindness and firmness at the same time.

Kindness is the way we interact and connect with our children, honoring their dignity and respecting their needs.

Firmness is the way we respect ourselves and the needs of the situation, as well as following through with what we say we are going to do.

Your Instructor

Positive Discipline
Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is a program 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, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others, 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, nannies).


We’re nice people. We’re not trying to sell you something you don’t need. We created Sproutable because we want to help teachers, parents and nannies grow remarkable kids. We believe in these science-backed tools and have seen how helpful they are in child care and preschool classrooms. We promise to give you your money back if you’re not satisfied.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for six months from your purchase date. You can learn at your own pace and go back and re-watch and re-read anything you want for 6 months!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact Teachable within 30 days to get a full refund. Or, email us! We will help you out. [email protected]
Do I get to download the videos?
So sorry, but you will not be able to download the videos. This helps us protect the content so no one else can steal and sell it. It also allows us to update the videos when we get important feedback from our community. Instead, you will be able to access the videos and information in the course for 6 months. You will also receive downloads you can save to help remind you of the tools from the videos. Don't forget that we are always here for you too. Questions can also be sent to [email protected] at any time.
How does the unlimited Q&A work?
You can email us your questions at any time and our expert team will send you answers within 72 hours. There is NO limit on the number of email questions you can send. We are here for you! Email us here: [email protected]
How much time does this course take?
This course should take you about 5 hours to complete.
How do I complete the course and receive my certificate?
You must watch all course videos and complete a quiz for each of the chapters, plus a short reflection at the end of the course. Reach out with any questions here: [email protected]
What states recognize this course?
This course is a Washington State STARS-approved course. For child care providers and teachers working in licensed child care programs in Washington state, this course certificate is valid for your annual training requirement. We are currently working on other state requirements. Reach out if you’d like us to prioritize your state: [email protected]
Can I purchase for my whole team?
Absolutely! Email us with the number of courses you wish to purchase and we will send you an invoice. Teachers will receive an easy discount code to redeem for their personal course.  Bulk discounts available. Email us to learn more. Email: [email protected]

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