Weekly Update

Remember these?

Decades ago these posters were prominently displayed in elementary classrooms throughout the state. General and SPED Teachers often used these images as non verbal cues/prompts to teach students how to identify which image mirrored their feelings. Psychologist and Speech Therapist referred to them as well to encourage students to express how they felt. Occupational Therapist use similar visual tools to help students that present with challenges in self regulation.


The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones.

The Zones of Regulation designed to deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.

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Ramon Mora, TOSA at Frank Ledesma Elementary School

Zones of regulation will help all of our students, specially our English Learners and Special Ed, to understand their emotions and how to regulate themselves. We need to make sure that students’ needs are meet, that way they can be successful at school, Goal 6. We need to teach students and give them the tools to know how to react and deal with situations in positive ways. There is more to teaching than delivering a good lesson, we need to get to know our students. We often assume that every student is ready to learn as soon as they walk into our classrooms. We need to take a minute to acknowledge every student, their body language, tone of voice, or responses will tell you that he/she is in need. You can be the person that makes their day better.

Richard Radtke, Principal and Patricia Stirling, Education Specialist at Frank Ledesma Elementary

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Zones in the Classroom

Richard Radtke, Principal at Frank Ledesma Elementary School hosted a training on The Zones of Regulation. The presenters were from Goodfellow Therapy lead by Ashleigh Ish, Supervisor and Allie Baker. Both are state licensed and board certified Occupational Therapist. The team at Frank Ledesma have been considering this training for quite some time. Patricia Stirling, Education Special joined the team last year. She came with over twenty years as an educator. In her previous district of seventeen years, she coached the general education teachers on The Zones of the Regulation and the INCREDIBLE5.SCALE, which influenced the Zones of Regulation curriculum. She reached out to the SELPA to request assistance in professional development for social thinking and (SEL) Social Emotional Learning, specifically The Zones of Regulation Program. Mr. Radtke supported Mrs. Stirling efforts and committed to making this curriculum available to his staff.

In attendance were, Richard Radtke, Ramon Mora, Joseph Fantham, Josie Alvarado, Estefania Reyes, Annette Buttle, Samantha Lopez, Natasha Holtz, Hillary Chambers, Yesenia Arreola, Patricia Stirling, Janallee Orig, Anneke Meinhardt, Sung Chin, Mariela Perez, Dana Ellsworth, Nathan Moreno, Patrice Glover. This group includes Counselors, Education Specialist, General Education Teachers, Teachers On Special Assignment, , Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Pathology - Assistant. and Administrators. The Special Education Director, Nathan Moreno provided The Zones of Regulation curriculum and the supplemental supplies that support the implementation of the program. Mr. Radtke has demonstrated his commitment to implementing The Zones of Regulation curriculum at Frank Ledesma Elementary, by making it available, to the teachers to fully launch and pilot the program. This aligns with the district wide PBIS and MTSS under LCAP Goal 3.

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Identify the emotion...


Students are learning job readiness skills such as; landscaping, automotive enhancement, clerical, cooking, busing tables, food delivery, hospitality, sewing and assembly. Interior enhancement is the latest skill students are being exposed to in this program. They are gearing up for the rapidly approaching holiday season. If you would like to arrange to have your door or room decorated, please contact the teacher, Michiel Cose mcose@soledad.k12.ca.us. for further details.

*materials such as paper, etc must be supplied by the individual or school site.

Donations are welcome for the finished product

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More Examples of ATP Students and Staff Work

More Examples of the skills from ATP Students and Staff

Department Staff

Director, Nathan Moreno, Special Education Coordinator, Patrice Glover, Secretaries Cristina Chavez-Trujillo & Eve Shelton, Translators Elivier Aguilar & Janelli Garcia