Susan Hopkins

About Susan Hopkins

Dr. Susan Hopkins is the Executive Director of Dr. Stuart Shanker's organization, Susan has been a teacher, school administrator, inclusive schooling coordinator, curriculum developer, educational researcher, and educational leader. She has worked in every area of education from the early years to post-secondary, from remote Northern schools to the Department of Education, and across contexts that include Italy and the Northwest Territories.
16 04, 2018

Girls, Body Image, and Food

By | 2018-04-16T13:48:53+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Susan Hopkins initiates a discussion on how best to help girls develop healthy and positive relationships with their bodies and food. She shares some of her own experiences around this issue and talks about the strategies and messages she is using with her ten-year-old daughter. Watch the vlog below or [...]

12 02, 2018

Supporting My Daughter Through a Big Disappointment: How We Respond to Strong Emotion as a Self-Reg Parent

By | 2018-02-12T16:30:30+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

Susan Hopkins and Stuart Shanker use a situation from Susan’s parenting experience as a teachable moment about the Self-Reg approach to helping children deal with strong emotions. They discuss the difference between the cognitive approach — trying to help the child understand and process the strong feelings — and the Self-Reg [...]

16 01, 2018

See A Teenager Differently

By | 2018-01-11T15:47:26+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

A Self-Reg Reframe of a Teen "At-Risk" My teenage years remain a blur. I was one of the troubled ones. I was “THAT” teenager—the at-risk kind of kid that neighbours whispered about and relatives avoided asking about at family gatherings. I was THAT kid. My deep interest in understanding resilience, [...]

14 11, 2017

What If? Series: Reframing Report Cards

By | 2017-11-14T16:01:08+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

Sparked by recent news about upcoming changes to Ontario’s Elementary report cards, Susan Hopkins and Stuart Shanker muse about how reframing the idea of report cards could make them a more enriching and informative experience for parents and students. In this two-part series, they also address the reality that many [...]

31 10, 2017

What If? Series: Chew On This

By | 2017-10-31T14:35:47+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Because of our modern diet, today’s children (and adults) spend considerably less time chewing than our early human ancestors. In this vlog, Dr. Shanker and Susan Hopkins discuss the self-regulatory and educational implications of this and other realities that have changed the way we use our bodies in daily life. [...]

23 10, 2017

I Love You More Than the Moon Loves the Stars

By | 2017-10-23T14:25:16+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

In this video blog, Susan Hopkins and her daughter Siena share a simple game they like to play called “I love you more than the moon loves the stars.” The game is an example of the simple and fun ways parents and kids find small moments of connection in their [...]

29 08, 2017

Back to School Planning

By | 2018-01-24T16:55:21+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

The first “Back to School” sale I came across this year was on July 2nd. Down came the Canada 150th specials and up went the early deals to get us prepared for the first days of school, only weeks after school had ended. Back to school sales so early in [...]

11 07, 2017

What If We Provided All Teachers With Mental Health or Self-Reg Days Off Every Year?

By | 2018-01-24T16:48:17+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

Then there was the time that I was SO HAPPY to have bronchitis…. Who is happy about getting super sick?   Over-stressed people, that’s who. Bronchitis provided me the gift of some days off to rest which I needed for my own mental health more than even my physical health! [...]

21 06, 2017

The Self-Reg Myths

By | 2018-01-24T16:42:48+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Hello Self-Reg community! Our Third Annual Self-Reg Summer Symposium ran from July 4-7th, 2017. At SRSS, we explored 12 Self-Reg myths and the barriers to practicing Self-Reg that our community asked us to address this year. To prepare for the Summer Symposium, Stuart Shanker and I decided to do a series of short videos, [...]

30 05, 2017

Helping Our Kids Get Ready for Standardized Tests

By | 2018-01-24T16:26:22+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

Many students across the grades are being assessed at this time of year in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Assessment takes place in the classroom throughout the year, but there are other kinds of assessments that take place, including standardized tests such as the ones my daughter is [...]