About Don

Don Perras, Ph.D.

Dr. Perras has dedicated his career to helping educators

Donald Perras, Ph.D. has been an educator since 1967.  As an associate professor of special education at Southern Connecticut State University for 37 years, he prepared more than 6,600 teachers to become conscientious practitioners of their profession. He specializes in programs to help educators deal with students who have serious emotional disturbance (SED) and related behavior disorders.  In addition to his current consulting work, Don taught as an  adjunct professor at  University of St. Joseph in West Hartford between 2011 – 014.

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Don has designed his Ecological Model of classroom management to provide teachers and administrators with a system of strategies to improve instruction and group management [more]. Based on his Ecological Model, he teaches a certification course on classroom management to educators who find themselves lacking the resources and skills to adequately deal with diverse classrooms and challenging behaviors.

Since 1990, Don has also trained over 3, 800 alternative certification secondary teachers. Additionally, he has provided on-site consultation to over 55 Connecticut school districts, training and assisting in excess of 1, 200 educators on classroom management procedures. He is a specialist in preparing new teachers to manage their classrooms, especially in urban communities.

Check Don’s ‘YouTube’  videotapes that illustrate basic Ecological Model  recommendations regarding organizational procedures, instructional techniques, and behavioral strategies.

Don has appeared on radio and television, has spoken at national conferences, and published articles in professional journals regarding classroom management.

Don is available for on-site training and consulting. His  Ecological Model text and materials are available for purchase here.  He is also available for media appearances to provide expert commentary on classroom management and special education.

Dr. Perras’s latest blog posts

NELMS’ conference

Educators…. Just presented my ‘teacher mental health’ session on March 30th at the New England League of Middle Schools’ conference in Providence.  The 75′ workshop provided strategies for managing stressors … Continue reading



Just published newest ‘classroom management’  article that addresses the critical issue of understanding the interpersonal dynamic between teachers – students regarding behavioral practices. New teachers, especially, should evaluate their personal reactions … Continue reading



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