Office of Family and Community Engagement Collaboration

 SEL Chicago and Chicago Public School's Office of Family and Community Engagement in Education are collaborating this summer to provide training for CPS Parents to become Certified Parent Educators in Positive Discipline. Applications will be prioritized to create equitable representation across all CPS Networks.      

Training will take place at Ogden Elementary School, 24 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610.  Free parking is available in the school's underground garage. Ogden is also accessible via the CTA Red Line, and is two blocks from the Chicago stop. Additional public transportation options may be found

Training will be August 5, 6, & 7 from 9:00am to 2:00pm, with lunch provided.  Complete attendance for all three days required to receive certification.   Participation in this course is limited to 30 parents and/or guardians of currently registered Chicago Public School students.    

Apply now for your training here


Become a Certified Parent Educator August 5-7, 2019


 Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (developed by Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen) provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experientially based parenting groups.

Facilitated by CPS parent and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer Kristin Hovious, this course emphasizes experiential activities that reach both head and heart to inspire deeper understanding of brain science of relationsihps and authoritative family leadership. 

Participants will earn certification as Positive Discipline Parent Educators and learn to faciliate conversations with other parents and families as a fun and effective way for them to get specific help with real challenges.  Participants will:

  • Learn research based effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kindand firm at the same time (non-punitive, non-permissive). 
  • Learn how to facilitate a parent class from the position of a non-expert. 
  • Gain practice with experiential exercises that help parents go beyond intellectual understanding to be able to respond in empowering ways that teach children. 
  • Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families

Participation is limited to parents and guardians of currently enrolled Chicago Public School Students.  Complete attendance to all three sessions required for certifcation.

Apply for CPS FACE Parent Educator Certification