The Ecological Model

Classroom sceneDon Perras designed the Ecological Model to offer educators a preventative system of practical techniques to address today’s challenging classrooms. While classroom management issues are a prime stressor for educators, training and professional development typically offer minimal preparation in this critical area.

Don recognizes this dilemma, and has developed the Ecological Model to enhance student learning wile developing prosocial conduct.  The model reflects four decades of classroom observations in  283  schools and 37 private agencies.  It addresses…

  • Increased student diversity
  • Lack of mastery of basic skills
  • Negative attitudes
  • Declined commitment to long-term personal goals
  • Diminished self-motivation
  • Focus on social popularity / peer pressure
  • Social-behavioral immaturity

The environment of public education is changing. Don’s training helps today’s teachers manage their classrooms.

Besides differences in overall student behavior and commitment to learning, Don is sensitive to administrative and teaching factors are influencing our public schools’ mission:

  • large percentage of retiring veteran teachers
  • many new and inexperienced teachers
  • too many expectations of teachers without adequate resources, time, and supervision
  • increase of academic demands impacted by behavioral issues

Don trains administrators and teachers to implement his Ecological Model by empowering educators to understand behavior, practice creative instructional techniques, and establish positive group strategies designed to stabilize teacher/student/school interactions. These management procedures are field-tested and continuously perfected in many schools.

Don offers Ecological Model inservice workshops in a variety of formats. Instructional videotapes are shown during the sessions of consultees demonstrating environmental design, instructional methods, and group management techniques.  View sample instructional  videos of Don’s system on ‘YouTube.’

                                                                Fairfield K – 8 parochial school 11/’16

On-site personalized support for educators is also available to strengthen teachers’ application of Ecological Model strategies.


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