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Level 1 Certificate Program 

$850 CAD Full Program

★★★★★ Based on 5 Reviews

Every educational leader* has always had the same goal: a school in which everyone flourishes – not just academically, but socially, psychologically and morally. It’s the HOW that has always proved challenging. Self-Regulation is needed now more than ever, as school leaders* confront ever-increasing challenges: explosive behaviour, mental health needs around every corner, staff shortages and burnout. And all this amid the important overarching goal of providing the best possible education to every child.

Meeting these challenges requires not just effort, inspiration and sound pedagogy, but also a deep understanding of the science of stress: how excess stress impacts learning and well-being, not just for students, but also for staff and leaders themselves, AND what to do about it. The HOW! That’s where Self-Reg comes in.

This 12-module certificate course, our most advanced course in professional applied Shanker Self-Reg®, is definitely not yet another program. Self-Reg and Leadership in Schools will enable educational leaders to harness and use the science of Self-Reg to build a  supportive, inclusive centre of deep learning for all. Participants will learn, not only new ways to approach leadership, but also how Self-Reg can enhance the leadership knowledge, skills and priorities they already have and how to address the stressors that are impacting schools everywhere.

* includes teacher leaders, department heads, special education teachers, ECE leaders, school administrators, camp directors, professional learning leaders, teacher consultants and other school board staff.

Join us for the next cohort starting on May 16, 2024, with registration open until Aug 31, 2024.

About the Program

Learn the science behind Self-Reg with Stuart Shanker & Susan Hopkins

But, is it for me? If you’re interested in learning how Shanker Self-Reg® can help your school become a centre of deep learning, then yes – this course is for you.

    • Three separate four-module courses
    • Each courses takes 4 weeks to complete
    • Study at times of your own choosing: approximately 4 – 6 hours per week
    • Study as part of a support cohort of learners
    • Course facilitation from a TMC Self-Reg Specialist
    • Short videos from Dr. Shanker and Susan Hopkins with “bite-sized” chunks of information
    • Questions designed to support understanding, reflection and application of Self-Reg learning
    • Interactive responding to comments of other learners online
    • No tests, quizzes or exams in this program, rather this offering is for educational purposes where we interact and learn alongside fellow learners

This is the companion course for the Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook For Educators (standard edition). A copy of the Handbook is required for this course and is available here or through Pearson here.


Course Calendar

We run new cohorts of our Self-Reg Leadership in Schools Certificate Program throughout the year. Pick the start date that is best for you and your team:

May 16, 2024 (join anytime before Aug 31) |  October 10, 2024

Check out all of our program start, specific module and end dates in our 2024 Course Calendar here.

Program Modules

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Leadership for Self-Reg Schools – Why it Matters
  • Module 2: Triune Brain and Interbrain: Self-Reg Schools Foundations
  • Module 3: Thayer Matrix for School Leaders
  • Module 4: Hierarchy of Stress at a Whole School Level
  • Module 5: The Self-Reg Framework: 5 Practices in Schools
  • Module 6: The Seeds Journey
  • Module 7: The Sunrise Journey
  • Module 8: The Quilt Journey
  • Module 9: All Means All – Anxiety
  • Module 10: All Means All – Autism
  • Module 11: All Means All- ADHD
  • Module 12: The Haven Journey

Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators

A copy of the Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators is required for all learners taking this certificate program. You can pick up a copy here.

You can check out the free companion website and resources for the Self-Reg Schools Handbook on Pearson’s website here.

Self-Reg Schools Handbook for Educators Susan Hopkins Stuart Shanker

LEADERSHIP Program Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 5 reviews)
Very good20%

Onwards towards becoming a haven

December 6, 2020

Leadership is so critical to the wellbeing of all members of staff. I have shared the Leadership course ideas and principles with many leaders and staff at my school with very positive responses. The course presents immediately useable material , plans and approaches which can change and has changed the culture of the school in many aspects. It’s a process in progress to arrive at haven status , the learning and experimenting is exciting, there are many mistakes and re-takes to get it right but we derive energy from the clear evidence of successes to keep going to apply this leadership process.


Wonderful Learning Journey

July 21, 2020

I am so glad that I decided to take this course. It was such a wonderful learning experience that is so relevant to my journey both professionally and personally. I found the instructor, the participants, and the content of this course to be so inspiring. It will definitely reshape the way I look at behaviors and the way I respond to behaviors. I look forward to sharing my learning with my colleagues, my friends, and my family!! Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to learn about self reg!!


Power-Up Your Leadership and Take this Course!

July 13, 2020

Self-Reg for School Leaders isn’t just about learning – it’s about unlearning and re-learning our approach to supporting the wellness and full potential of your students, their families, your educator teams and your admin colleagues . My learning in this course has been transformational for me in all my roles: parent, educational leader, daughter to aging/ailing parents, and empathetic promoter of a healthier society for all. I have deepened my understanding of the science and evidence-based approaches to stress and its domains, and the self-regulation practices that support healthy and growth-promoting ways of being and learning. I can’t think of a more timely and relevant way to apply your professional learning efforts!


What a great course!

July 9, 2020

I am so glad I had the opportunity to take this course. It defiantly opened my eyes to grow a better understanding and shared some amazing information and tools that I will be utilizing at my school and throughout my career.


Self Reg for School Leaders-My Takeaways:

July 9, 2020

Excellent course! It truly changed my perspective in so many areas, in my career, as a parent, as a Coach. If nothing else, it really makes you see people with more compassion and empathy; “See with SOFT eyes”. It really makes you stop and think about how much more is going on in someone’s big picture once you do that, it totally changes how you approach any arising issues. Self reflection was challenging but if your open and honest about it, your Self Reg journey will continue. I admittedly was waiting for the “OK, tell me how to do this” module. But as it went on and it started to come together I understood what was meant by “It’s a process, not a program”-YOU are the strategies!!! And I absolutely believe in the ripple affect it will have in our school, at home, on our team and in our community.

Thank You, I feel like what I’ve learned has made me a better person, which I can take forward.


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Group Pricing: 10% off is always available for groups of 6 or more learners, simply use the discount code GROUPDISCOUNT at checkout or email for invoicing.

Equity Pricing: We know that pricing can be a barrier, that’s why we offer a number of equity priced spots for those paying out of pocket with each cohort we offer. Learn more and join the waitlist here.

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