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It’s being described as a watershed moment in B.C. education.

Six school districts have embarked on a project that views self-regulation as the key to addressing the mental, physical and psychological diversity in classrooms that sometimes disrupts learning and creates a stressful environment for teachers.

Leaders in those districts have embraced the philosophy of York University professor Stuart Shanker, that teaching children to self-regulate — in other words, remain calm, focused and alert — is the best way to help them learn. It’s a theory backed by education ministry officials.

Surrey superintendent Mike McKay, who is leading the B.C. project, says the goal is to apply brain research in designated classrooms while working with Shanker’s research team. The districts — Surrey, West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Victoria, Bulkley Valley and Nanaimo-Ladysmith — are simply the “first wave” of an effort McKay hopes will spread provincewide.

Click here to read the entire article (written by Janet Steffenhagen), published in today’s Vancovuer Sun. 

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Cynthia A. Williams & Peer Zumbansen, eds., The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, and Finance Capitalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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Jean-François Blanchette, Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012).

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Galit A. Sarfaty, Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture of the World Bank (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).

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David L. Blaikie, Thomas A. Cromwell & Darrel Pink, eds., Why Good Lawyers Matter (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2012).
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Arthur R. Miller & Michael H. Davis, Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell, 5th ed. (St. Paul: West, 2012).

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