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Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline at AIS

In working towards our vision of developing "global citizens with strong interpersonal skills who will interact positively with people from all cultural backgrounds," the aim of our Positive Discipline program is to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of our community. A key element of the success of this program is the involvement of all stakeholders in our community, including students, parents, teachers, paraeducators, and administrators.

In contrast to traditional notions of school discipline, the focus of Positive Discipline is on solutions. Community members teach children what to do by inviting them to think through situations at hand and adhering to some basic community guidelines -- such as respect and helpfulness -- in order to find solutions. In essence, students are active participants in discipline rather than passive recipients.

When we come together as a community and focus on solutions, children learn how best to interact with each other, developing the social skills and behavioral tools necessary to confront the next challenge. In order to support our community in developing these skills with students, educators at AIS engage in regular professional development in Positive Discipline.

We invite you to visit the Positive Discipline website to learn more about this highly successful initiative being practice in top schools around the globe. We look forward to working with you on cultivating respectful relationships at home and at school.