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An Interview with Stuart Shanker
By Ren Morley, Conference Chair & Connie Easton, Publications Editor Recently at our BCSCA Conference, Connect ’12, our keynote speaker Stuart Shanker was able to sit down with member s of the BCSCA exe cutive and share his ideas about the theor y of self regulation and where school counsellors fit into the plan for introducing self regulation into BC schools. Dr. Shanker holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University. Dr. Shanker is also Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University, Co-Director of the Council for Human Development, and President of the Council for Early Childhood Development. It is important to understand that the self regulation movement is coming from the grassroots in British Columbia. Stuart Shanker made it clear that his organization did not approach anyone to try and talk them into this -- he was giving keynotes and people kept on approaching him to talk about these ideas. Three superintendents approached Shanker and asked him to set up three sites. Surrey, Coquitlam, W. Vancouver were the original three, Victoria joined next and then Bulkley Valley and Nanaimo. Shanker said, “Things
were growing more than we wanted. So I asked one of the superintendents to take this on and he did, for no money. He is getting phone calls every day from districts that want to join. This is a 100 percent grassroots initiative -- no Ministry direction or initiative. Districts are using their own money. But it is a big experiment and it remains teacher directed.” Underpinning the theory of self regulation is the idea of stress and how our bodies and minds react to stressors. Self regulation happens across five domains: biological, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial. There are complex links among the domains, and the primary goal of self regulation is to achieve a state of calm focus and alertness appropriate for learning in a classroom while being able to deal with stressors in the environment effectively as they arise.
Underpinning the theory of self regulation is the idea of stress and how our bodies and minds react to stressors. This is especially important for today’s kids, who are more stressed out than past generations.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2013
Book Review: Frog or Prince?
The Fine Print
Self Regulation: An Interview with Stuart Shanker
BCSCA Conference Workshop Review
Connect ’12 in Photos
Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Winter 2013