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.
6 07, 2018

Roberta Reflects On Self-Reg, Hope, and the Difference One Year Can Make

By | 2018-07-04T16:28:25+00:00 July 6th, 2018|

Towards the end of 3 wonderful days working in Alert Bay, British Columbia, I asked Roberta, one of the most inspiring teachers that I've worked with over the last few years, if I could ask her a few questions on video about her Self-Reg journey. Little did I know that [...]

28 06, 2018

Unmotivated or Hooked? The Worrisome Pull Towards “Just One More Episode”

By | 2018-06-27T17:29:24+00:00 June 28th, 2018|

The other night I “pulled the plug” on Netflix for good. It was an easy decision after I used a Self-Reg lens to reframe a parenting problem I’d been struggling with for several months. Here’s where it started: “Siena, turn off the TV.” “Okay.” Followed by nothing. “Siena, are you [...]

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! [...]

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