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.
23 03, 2017

A Skinned Knee and a Room Full of Frantic Adults

By | 2017-03-23T14:50:39+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

My daughter's biking accident led to this reflection on how we respond when children get hurt and the relationship between a Self-Reg approach, self-control and our own stress response as adults. Watch the vlog below or on our Youtube channel here.

2 03, 2017

Understanding the Triune Brain and the Limbic System

By | 2017-03-03T16:37:15+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|

In this video, I speak with TMC teaching assistant and research assistant Travis Francis about Dr. Stuart Shanker’s latest article for Psychology Today: “Help, I Don’t Speak Limbic.” Stuart’s presentations and writing, along with some of the tools we have developed at TMC, have sparked a great deal of interest and discussion [...]

21 11, 2016

​Is this Self-Reg? 5 Misconceptions about Self-Reg in Schools​

By | 2017-01-24T11:30:47+00:00 November 21st, 2016|

We are seeing the most extraordinary results when educators and parents practice Self-Reg. There are also MANY Self-Reg misconceptions out there, even from those advocating for self-regulation as a foundation of education. In this video blog, I explore 5 misunderstandings that I often come across often in my work as [...]

9 11, 2016

Reframing Trump and The “Limbic Election”

By | 2016-11-18T12:38:42+00:00 November 9th, 2016|

Donald Trump. President. This happened. Truth really is stranger (and sometimes scarier) than fiction. As a Canadian affected by whatever is happening in the United States, I dreaded this possibility for months now. I traveled the election roller coaster with the highs and the lows, the outside possibilities, the disappointments, [...]

25 10, 2016

Three Signs My 8 Year Old is Learning Self-Reg

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:28+00:00 October 25th, 2016|

This article was originally published in our Self-Reg Newsletter. I hear a child shriek outside my front window and run outside, Siena right behind me. A little boy has fallen off his bike. His sister is helping him get up and he’s wailing. He’s seven she is maybe 11. I’ve [...]

12 08, 2016

I Know a Haven When I Find One

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:29+00:00 August 12th, 2016|

I've been thinking a lot about Self-Reg Havens these days as we get ready for the new school year. One big question that is not so easy to answer is: what makes a home, an early childhood centre, a school, or a community a haven? Stuart Shanker says he knows when [...]

26 07, 2016

Hurtful & Cold: Embracing the Moment My Self-Reg Went Poof

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 26th, 2016|

“Sarah”, I called out again while following the sound of faint kitty cries barely audible through the fence to my neighbour’s yard. The temperature was 370C and with the humidity it was well into the 40’s. I was worried when Sarah hadn’t come home all day in the heat and [...]

18 07, 2016

6 Unexpected Gifts of Becoming a Self-Reg Parent

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 18th, 2016|

I was first introduced to Self-Reg and Dr. Stuart Shanker in 2011 while working on a play-based kindergarten curriculum for the Northwest Territories of Canada. Self-Reg was a natural fit with my beliefs about nurturing healthy, happy and safe children, families, schools and communities. As Executive Director of The MEHRIT [...]