Our Global Partners

ECIS (the Educational Collaborative for International Schools)
Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)
LDBS SCITT Teaching London
The American School in London
American School of Barcelona
International School of Lausanne
St Aloysius College (Malta)
Jesuit Foundation Educacio-Sant Ignasi (Spain)
Bonn International School
International School of Dusseldorf
Inter-Community School Zurich
International School of Hamburg
Gheras International School (Qatar)
SEK International School Qatar
TASIS The American School in England
International School of Naples
Living Spring Montessori
Dar Jana International School (Saudi Arabia)
Qatar Academy
Nun Academy (Saudi Arabia)
Riffa Views International School (Bahrain)
Bahrain Bayan School (Bahrain)
Advanced Generations Schools (Saudi Arabia)
GEMS International School (Dubai)
4 Generations 4 Education (International)
Convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School (England)


I am a secondary teacher and the High School Principal of 3,000 students at Sant Ignasi School in Barcelona. I am also a mother of three children aged 11, 8 and 6. Positive Discipline has made a change both in my school life and in my home. Before attending both workshops with Joy Marchese (Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom) I had read several books about Positive Discipline and we had started to slowly implement it in our school and at home, so I was familiar with it. However, attending the workshops with Joy gave me a new perspective, the understanding of new tools, the consciousness needed to make a personal change and the conviction that we were on the right path. Joy is greatly knowledgeable about Positive Discipline, an excellent communicator, and an amazing teacher and shows an endless positive energy as she practices what she teaches. That's why we brought her to Spain to teach 20 of our teachers. The training was a complete success. Thanks Joy! Keep on spreading the word around the world!

Núria Rodríguez Font, Directora de Batxillerat.

The philosophy behind Positive Discipline is very inspirational for us in our dual roles as educators and parents. The three-day seminar consisting of a combination of theory and its practical implementation through role-play and workshops was indeed effective. It was heartening to see those in the group who were initially skeptical about the idea of Positive Discipline, being converted as the process unfolded. Joy Marchese modeled this approach throughout the entire three days and her enthusiasm was contagious.

Gabriella Abela and Suzanne Mohnani, Assistant Head and School Counselor, St Aloysius College Sixth Form.

My teenager and I would part ways in the morning very frustrated with each other. She wasn't listening to my reminders to "hurry up or she'd be late to school" and I didn't realize what a controlling "nag" I was becoming to her. I was worried that it was negatively affecting our relationship in the long term. Once I began participating in the Positive Discipline for Parents course, I realized that my daughter and I had been in a "ferris wheel" power struggle spinning faster without any way to get off the ride. By trying some of the different tools and techniques provided in the course our morning ritual has been less frustrating for both of us. Since participating I have approached other issues in a more positive way and improved in my approach to parenting. The book is well worth the read and we had great instructors and great group of parents.

Helen, Parent at the American School in London.

Having experienced Positive Discipline training, I highly recommend these courses for anyone who works with or has children. More than a set of strategies or techniques, Positive Discipline is a philosophy that works toward improving relationships and it has made a valuable difference in the ways I connect with my students and with my daughter. Trainer Joy Marchese brings this philosophy to life in practical and inspirational ways.

Bambi Thompson, Teacher and Parent.

My moment of enlightenment came when Jane Nelsen shared in her book Positive Discipline, “ Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse”. I went over to hug Jane good-bye after her second talk at the American School in London. As I said thank you and mentioned that I wished I had come across her book earlier, tears filled my eyes mainly from regret of not having used her positive disciplining techniques with my children when they were younger. She comforted me and said, “It’s not about the guilt, it’s about applying the tools now and moving forward”. I have started using her invaluable tools to improve my parenting techniques in the hopes of becoming a better parent and a better person. Thank you Jane.

Ariadne Petrucelli, Executive Coach and Parent.

I feel very fortunate that I was able to attend the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training in London this January. It was an amazing opportunity to be introduced to Positive Discipline. We now have a trained cohort of teachers at ASL who have worked together to implement many of the strategies. It has helped me re-frame my questions to students so they are able to take more responsibility for their actions and come up with solutions instead of me imposing my solution. My goal for next year is to fully implement positive discipline in my classroom from day one. I look forward to re-reading some of the books over the summer to hit the ground running. Thanks for bringing PD to ASL. It has also been very helpful in my role as a mom.

Jennifer Towleh, Teacher at the American School in London.

Parenting is the most challenging job anyone can ever have. The Positive Discipline program has been an invaluable resource full of practical advice on how to deal with the many challenges of teenage life and teenage parenting. A million thanks to the Positive Discipline counselors/leaders for all their invaluable source of support and guidance this year

Lina, Parent at the American School in London.

The Positive Discipline in the Classroom workshop delivered a whole weekend of paradigm pushing! A lively set of well-designed, experiential activities challenged participants to think deeply about behavioural issues in the whole-school and classroom. The co-leaders of the course worked tirelessly to stimulate discussion and reflection about the values underpinning our educational programmes and they provided pathways for us to remodel our ideas on how best to meet the needs of our learners. Sessions exploring the nature of encouragement, the goals of misbehaviour and the balance between kindness and firmness should become mandatory training for all who work in education. The weekend was exceptional and ranks among the best personal and professional development courses I have ever attended.

Sean Spurvey, Head of ICT Westminster Under School London.

While attending the PD in the classroom training in London, I was uniting and collaborating with adults that were willing and eager to approach things differently and positively. I appreciated the experiential approaches, collaborating, brainstorming, and networking to start to change the ways in which we work with students and children in a variety of settings. I now feel that our team has several "nuggets" to take back and implement in our school and share with other educators and adults.

Amy Friedman, Copenhagen International School, Middle School Counselor.

I love working with the parents who take our Positive Discipline Workshop for Parents of Teenagers. The sessions are full of laughter, tears and a lot of sharing. By the end of our sessions, the parents consistently state that they have more skills, feel better about their parenting and know that they now have a group of people with whom they feel connected.

Liane Thakur, Family Counselor and Coach.

One of the most practical and relevant professional development experiences I have had, and ultimately crucial to creating a meaningful learning community within the contemporary classroom.

Grendon Haines, Counselor Harrow School in London.

Joy your humour, zest and personal anecdotes have made it an even more enriching experience. Whilst parenting is probably the hardest job there is, thanks to the tools we have learned these past two weeks, we feel better equipped to help our children grow into responsible and well-adjusted adults.

Veronique and Diego, Parents.