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.
19 03, 2020

Self-Reg Diaries with Susan & Siena Hopkins

By | 2020-03-31T16:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2020|

The MEHRIT Centre's Executive Director, Susan Hopkins talks with her daughter Siena about our current situation with COVID-19. They chat about how talking with kids helps, and how we can help them (and they can help us) Self-Regulate. Watch the series below or on our YouTube channel here. Day 16 [...]

22 08, 2019

Four Areas of Focus for Growth-Promoting Relationship Building in Schools

By | 2020-03-10T08:35:26+00:00 August 22nd, 2019|

In this vlog, Susan Hopkins applies the Energy-Centred Teaching (ECT) model that she first developed with Dr. Stuart Shanker in 2017 to offer a fresh way of thinking about priorities for the start of the school year. Susan outlines the four frames of ECT--protECT, connECT, collECT, and detECT-- and shows [...]

26 02, 2019

Singing goodbye to my mom: How the five practices of Self-Reg are helping me through my grief

By | 2019-02-27T11:23:13+00:00 February 26th, 2019|

My mom closed her eyes for the last time on a Sunday night last September and she took her last breath almost 5 days later. Over a short series of blogs to follow, I will share some personal reflections on the five steps of Self-Reg as practices that helped me [...]

21 12, 2018

The Time Mom “Went Limbic” Over Some Pancakes

By | 2019-02-14T17:41:12+00:00 December 21st, 2018|

“Can you cut my pancakes for me mom?” “No Siena, you need to cut your own pancakes.” Then came the 9-year-old version of a protest: that slumped over, big sigh drama moment about the unfairness of my response. In a perfectly non-Self-Reg parenting moment I responded, “You are more than [...]

6 09, 2018

Stranger Danger

By | 2018-09-05T10:19:54+00:00 September 6th, 2018|

In this vlog, Susan applies a Self-Reg lens to the question of whether or not giving children the message that strangers are dangerous really makes them safer. She shares her personal opinion that it might be better to help kids develop their own internal compass and learn to trust their [...]

30 08, 2018

Self-Reg Schools: The 6 x 6 Series

By | 2020-01-31T12:23:03+00:00 August 30th, 2018|

In this series of short videos Susan Hopkins looks at six role areas in education, and offers six signs that practitioners in each of those roles are practicing Self-Reg. Watch the series below or on our YouTube channel here. Introduction Susan introduces the series by explaining how the name of [...]

16 08, 2018

Be Who You Are

By | 2018-08-16T07:38:17+00:00 August 16th, 2018|

In this personal vlog, Susan talks about neurodiversity, “weirdness” and individuality. She explains how her thinking about "normal" has changed and broadened over the years, and also relates an anecdote about a situation where her daughter was quite comfortable with making a choice that worked for her, even though it [...]

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 [...]

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