Dr. Jane Nelsen – Sparrow’s Positive Discipline Consultant

Positive Discipline is at the heart of our school’s success.  We know that children learn best when they feel emotionally and physically safe, when they feel loved, when they know they belong and are significant in a community.  In order to create this nurturing environment for our students, our primary task is to help them develop the skills that allow them to provide this sense of safety and belonging for one another.

The Positive Discipline approach, authored by Dr. Jane Nelsen, and based on the research of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, offers a respectful and effective roadmap to teaching those skills, both in the classroom and in the home.  If you missed it the first time, here is a link to January’s post on Positive Discipline and how we create a culture of belonging and respect here at NUA Sparrow.

The really exciting news is that Jane Nelsen, herself, is now our official Positive Discipline consultant, generously volunteering her time, positive energy, and vast treasure trove of experiences for our staff and parents, alike.

In addition to providing ongoing training and support for our staff, she has also volunteered to lead this week’s parent meeting on Positive Discipline in the home.  Current and prospective parents are welcome to join us from 6-7:30pm this Thursday at our school, for free.  Be prepared to spend a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes with this warm and wise woman.


Dr. Jane Nelsen is the mother of seven children and grandmother of 20 grandchildren. She is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and the author and/or coauthor of eighteen books including the Positive Discipline series, Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World, and Understanding Serenity.

Jane’s doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1979 is secondary to the education and experience she achieved from her successes and failures as a mother of seven children. She also taught Child Development at a California community college and was an elementary school counselor for ten years.

She has appeared on Oprah, Sally Jessy Raphael, Twin Cities Live, CBS This Morning, and was the featured parent expert on the National Parent Quiz with Ben Vereen.


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