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Why Schools Need to Teach Emotional Regulation 

Podcast of The EdTech guys speaking with Lori Jackson and Steve Peck of The Connections Model about their app KidConnect and Teaching Emotional Regulation to K-8 students.

The EduTechGuys is a high intensity rollercoaster ride of super fun which takes mortal form in the two distinct entities which are David Henderson and Jeff Madlock. Crafted in the fires of Mt. Wannahockaluggie, these two self-proclaimed high priests of edtech first started navigating the world of educational technology on the web through a podcast. 


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Yes, You Can Teach Emotional Regulation to Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and Improve Their  Behaviors and Academic Performance.

Lori Jackson and Steve Peck present research and proven techniques on classroom management and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Advocating a whole class approach to teaching emotional regulation and an integrated model for students with EBD. Steve and Lori provide easy to use practical ideas educators can use immediately upon returning to their schools.

TECBD is an annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders conference. It is the premier educational research conference for teacher educators working with children and youth with severe behavioral disorders.


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Managing the Classroom by Teaching Emotional Regulation

Contributed article for ASCD's Manage Your Classroom with Strong Relationships Issue. Steve Peck and Lori Jackson provide insight on how educators can manage their classroom by teaching emotional regulation to their students.

For 75 years, ASCD has been at the forefront of education issues that affect learning, teaching, and leading.  ASCD has developed trustworthy, research-based, and up-to-date information that shapes the international conversation on best practices to support the success of each learner. ASCD's members, authors, and expert cadres have read like a "Who's Who" in education. 


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Student Emotional Regulation, Behavior and The Connections Model


Lori Jackson and Steve Peck kickoff the start of season 5 of TLTalkRadio! The episode discusses their work and how educators can make a difference with their students and schools. Discussion focuses on student emotional regulation, behavior and The Connections Model approach to Social Emotional Learning.

TLTalkRadio! is a weekly podcast with Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten as they share leadership stories, feature guest interviews and inspire educators to lead for the change we need in schools for the digital age. 


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An Alternative Approach to Managing Classroom Behavior


Lori Jackson and Steve Peck regularly contribute and lecture on how emotions drive behavior and an alternative approach to managing classroom behaviors at the Lynch School.

he Lynch School of Education at Boston College endeavors to improve the human condition through education and applied psychology.  As teachers, scholars, and learners, the Lynch School engages in collaborative school and community improvement efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. What unites their diverse work is the underlying aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just.






10 Tips for Teaching Emotional Regulation (& Improving Classroom Behavior at the Same Time)

Article providing practical ideas for teachers on creating a positive classroom environment.  Details actionable activities for the classroom to teach kids the connection between how they feel and how they act.

We Are Teachers mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.


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The Emotional Classroom: The Importance of Teaching Kids to Manage Their Emotions

Lori Jackson presents how schools are faced with a growing population of students who have difficulty managing their behaviors.  Based on research and extensive work with students, the Connections Model delivers a ground breaking program to teach emotional regulation to students. Using a new approach in the classroom to help these students both learn and manage their emotions in order to manage their behaviors. 

TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.


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Teaching Kids to Manage their Emotions

Lori Jackson presents research and  proven teaching methods on how to meet the needs of students diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or other behavioral disorders.  Research shows to change behavior, educators need to teach strategies to develop emotional regulation in and out of the classroom and enable students to develop new neural pathways to create lasting behavior change. 

Established by Ohio state legislation in 2005, OCALI is a global leader in creating and connecting resources and relationships to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives for their whole lives.


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Teaching Emotional Regulation: Essential Skills for Students with Disabilities

Lori Jackson and Steve Peck present how schools are facing a growing population of students who require significant behavioral interventions.  However, current special education supports are not designed to address the complicated needs of students with ASD and other emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Learn about new compelling research in the area of Emotional Regulation that shows impacted brain region leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the type of therapies needed.

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.