This page is for posting news about members and events going on in the Northeast Region. If you have something you would like posted about you, your family, training opportunity or event, click here. Feel free to post on our Facebook page as well.

The 2017 Fall Conference was enjoyed by all who attended. Great presentations by Ken Balban, Sue Tomaszewski, and Gino LoRicco with Staff & Student. Involvement activities with Shruti Tekwani were fantastic. Lots of fun and learning.

Representatives from Quinebaug Middle College talked about democracy in the school using principles of Choice Theory. Hazel is a senior who will graduate from High School with 20 college credits.



Lois Knapton, our Regional Representative to WGI US and Ken Balban, our Regional Chair. Ken gave the opening presentation after Shruti Tekwani's involvement activity. Shruti also led a pre conference training on Friday afternoon called Take Charge of Your Life with great information and discussion about Choice Theory. Quinebaug Middle College provided breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Gino LoRicco continued the presentation on Choice Theory and Democracy working in the school setting.
Sue Tomaszewski followed Ken with a presentation on How Democratic is Consensus Decision Making?
Great discussions, food and fun after the presentation at dinner.

Kim Olver, our Executive Director and Denise Daub, Web Administrator & Financial Manager for WGI US.


Pam is able to catch a beam of light in the palm of her hand.

William Glasser Institute US Northeast Region
2017 Annual Fall Conference
Choice Theory and Democracy
October 13th and October 14th, 2017
Friday, October 13th: 12-4 pm: Take Charge of Your Life Workshop ($47.00)
See the separate flyer about this training for additional information.
6-9 pm : Informal Dinner and Socializing
Saturday, October 14th: Conference from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Northeast Region Business Meeting from 4:45-6 pm

Location: Quinebaug Middle College, 742 Upper Maple Street,
Danielson, Connecticut 06239-1436
Registration Costs

 Until September 15After September 15
Take Charge of Your Life$47$47
Members who have already paid their dues for 2017$95 $110
Non-Members & Members who have not paid their dues for 2017$110 $124
If you have not paid your dues to the Region for 2017, your dues are included in the price of the Conference. Membership in WGI US is not a requirement to be a member of the WGI US Northeast Region.
Hotel Information: We have negotiated a group rate with the Quality Inn
(Same hotel as last year, different name)
55 Lathrop Rd, Plainfield, CT 06374 (860) 564-4021
When calling for room reservations, call the Quality Inn, Plainfield direct (number noted above).
Do not call the Quality Inn Reservation Call Center.
Block of rooms are available until September 15th, 2017 or when block is full whichever comes first.
Friday-Saturday: $119 per night for 1 king or 2 double beds
After September 15th, 2017, the hotel rate is $149+ per night

For Registration questions, please contact Lois DaSilva-Knapton, NE Regional Chairperson at 45 Rogers Ave, Norwich CT, 06360, or or 603-219-5449. For conference questions, please contact Shruti Tekwani, Conference Coordinator at or 508-648-2299

Agenda: Saturday, October 14 : Quinebaug Middle College
8:00-9:00am: Registration and breakfast
9:00-9:30am: Welcome and involvement activity with Shruti Tekwani
9:30-10:30am: Choice Theory and Democracy with Ken Balban
10:30-10:45am: Break
10:45-11:45pm: Sue Tomaszewski speaks on Consensus Decision Making: Strategies and its Connection to Choice Theory
11:45-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00-2:30pm: Choice Theory and Democracy with Gino LoRicco, staff, and students
2:30-2:45pm: Break
2:45-4:00pm: Continue with Gino LoRicco
4:00-4:30pm: Closing activity with Shruti Tekwani
4:30-4:45pm: Break
4:45-6:00pm: WGI US Northeast Region Business Meeting

Join us. You will be minutes away from Foxwoods Casino, MGM Grand Theatre, Mohegan Sun Casino, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets & Tanger Outlets.

2017 Fall Conference Flyer

2017 Fall Conference Registration Form

Take Charge of Your Life

The Fall 2016 Conference was a great success. Lots of learning and fun with Kim Olver, Mike Rice, Gary Lester and Craig Schollenberger. Special thanks to Gino LoRicco for hosting the event at Quinebaug Middle College in Danielson, CT. Thank you also to Lois Knapton, our Chairperson who held the conference together. Sue Tomaszewski and Shruti Tekwani, who also deserve a lot of credit for their behind the scenes work to make the conference a success, were not able to be present and were deeply missed by all.

Mike Rice, giving his presentation at the Fall 2016 Northeast Region Conference

Craig Schollenberger, giving his presentation at the Fall 2016 Northeast Region Conference

L to R: Mike Rice, Craig Schollenberger, Gary Lester all presented exciting information at the Fall Conference on Addiction through the Eyes of Choice Theory

L to R: Lois DaSilva-Knapton, Region Chairperson and event organizer; Gary Lester, presenter; Kim Daub Olver, Executive Director of the William Glasser Institute. Kim did the opening and closing sessions for the Conference.

WGI US Northeast Region Fall 2015 Conference

October 2-3, 2015:

Presentation began with Mindfulness practice taught by Craig Schollenberger that can be helpful for people with problems paying attention. The main presentation was by the WGI Executive Director Kim Olver on Lead Management. An excellent program drawing a continuum of management styles from Laissez-Faire to Boss Management with Lead Management somewhere in the middle. Great supplemental presentations by Shruti Tekwani and an open panel discussion with Lois Knapton and Gino LoRicco.

Our Presenter

Kim Olver in her role as Executive Director of WGI-US, consults with the Legal Board, the Executive Committee, faculty members, the and the general membership; helps to organize Certification Weeks and Faculty Training which is sponsored by the Regions; and is in charge of the US newsletter. In her role, she is responsible for: facilitating communication between all parties, monitoring the WGI-US website, helping to achieve resolution in matters involving exceptions to policies, exploring new ways of using present day technology, seeking the involvement of creative others to handle specific tasks in the process, and sending out regular communications regarding WGI-US developments.

Kim has a Master's Degree in Community Counseling, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Coach. She is the author of two books: Secrets of Happy Couples and Leveraging Diversity at Work

Location: Quinebaug Middle College, Danielson CT

Fall, 2014 Conference: Mindfulness and Choice Theory

Conference Location: Quinebaugh Middle College, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson CT

Hotel Location: Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd, Norwich CT 06360

Friday, October 24, 2014: Socializing and Networking, 7:30-9 PM

Saturday, October 25, 2014: Conference @ 8:30am-4:15pm, Business Meeting: 4:30-6:00 PM.

Hosted and Co Sponsored by Quinebaugh Middle College

8:30-9:15 Welcome & Involvement Activity by Shruti Tekwani
9:15-10:00 Noticing the Breath: Why is it important? What can I gain by doing it?
                Brief History of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
                Clarification of common terms.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11 20 Breaths Exercise: A useful tool for people who have problems attending.
                Why do interventions fail?
                How change occurs.
                "But, my mind is always going.": that's not a problem.
                Common misconceptions about mindfulness.
11-11:15 Break
11:15-Noon 5 minute guided meditation
                A mindful look at the Choice Theory Chart including:
                • Where do you knowledge and values filters come from?
                • Is your Quality World really yours?
                • Can you change your genetic instructions?
                • How does your Library of Organized Behaviors help/hurt you?
                What effect can mindfulness have on a Choice Theory approach?
1-2 Strand Discussion Groups:
Application of Mindfulness in the School
Application of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Application of Mindfulness in Counseling
2-2:15 Break
2:15-3 Large Group discussion of Strand Discussion Groups
3-3:15 Break
3:15-4 10 minute guided meditation
                Q & A Discussion
                What have we learned?
                What is the one thing you can take with you that you liked and begin to use right away?
4:30-6 WGI US Northeast Region Business Meeting

WGI Northeast Region Spring 2014 Annual Conference

"A Tribute to Dr William Glasser: 21st Century Practitioners"

Conference Location: Quinebaug Middle College, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT

Hotel Location: Norwich Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd, Norwich, CT 06360

Friday, April 4, 2014: Socializing and Networking, 7:30-9 PM

Saturday, April 5, 2014: Conference @ 8:30am-4:15pm, Business Meeting: 4:30-6:00 PM.

Hosted and Co Sponsored by Quinebaug Middle College

The Spring, 2014 Conference has come and gone. Here are some photos from the event.

A day of intrigue and intellectual adventure with Dave Moran, Barnes Boffey, Peter Appel, Jon Erwin and Alan Moose as we captured the essence of Dr. Glasser’s legacy.


The Personal Strand: David Moran

David Moran, M Ed, CT/RTC, is a retired Senior Faculty of the William Glasser Institute. He has served as a WGI Board Representative, Convention Chair, Program Chair and Faculty Educator Training Center. He is a retired School Administrator and Associate Professor at Bridgewater State University. David’s presentation involves a new and perhaps different look at old concepts of CT/RT in the context of a personal view impacted by aging, mental health, genetics, external psychology and personal trauma. David will also be facilitating the Student Panel.


The Leadership Strand: Barnes Boffey

D. Barnes Boffey, Ed D, received his undergraduate degree in drama from Middlebury College and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts. He served as the director of teacher training at Dartmouth College for 10 years and an individual and relationship counselor for over 40 years. He also directs Camp Lanakila, a boys' camp in Fairlee, Vermont, where The Velveteen Rabbit was first performed. Boffey is currently director of training for the Aloha Foundation, a nationally acclaimed organization for children and youth specializing in the use of success counseling. Following in the footsteps of the Velveteen Rabbit, he also does consulting work in counseling and helping others, focusing mostly on helping people become the people they want to be. Boffey has written and published two books, Reinventing Yourself and My Gift in Return: Thoughts on the Journey to Becoming Real. He still believes the message of the Velveteen Rabbit is as important today as it was in 1922 when Margery Williams wrote her incredible sliver of a book. Barnes’ presentation will focus on Leadership practices that are relationship and vision based.

The Counseling Strand: Peter B. Appel

Peter B. Appel, Ph D, is a practicing psychologist living and working in Dover, DE. Besides training and certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, he has also received training in family systems theory and practice, hypnosis, and EMDR. He has practiced meditation for over twenty years, played club rugby for over thirty, and basketball with a local Dover group for the last twenty five. He is currently learning more about community theater, oil painting and golf. Peter’s presentation will focus on the professional use of Choice Theory in the work of counseling. “It can be straight forward or more complicated depending on a number of factors both in the situation the client is facing as well as the formation of the therapeutic alliance between the client and the counselor.” This presentation will include discussion of: Secret wants of the client; Knowing when focus on the back wheels is important; Kinks in establishing the helper's role; Changing the focus: others' intent to your behavior; Your secret wants influence on your effectiveness; Defining success and Knowing when to quit.

The Working with Teenagers Strand: Jonathan C. Erwin

Jonathan C. Erwin, MA, has been a professional musician, secondary English teacher, staff development specialist, college professor, and director of a federally funded character education program.  His published books include The Classroom of Choice (ASCD, 2004), Inspiring the Best in Students (ASCD, 2010) and the upcoming The School Climate Solution (Free Spirit Press, August 2014).  Jon is currently an independent educational consultant, Senior Faculty of the William Glasser Institute, and a trained HealthRhythms Facilitator. Jon’s work focuses on providing research-based teaching, managing, counseling, and training approaches that appeal to intrinsic motivation and help children, adolescents, and adults develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Jon’s presentation will examine the recent research on the adolescent brain's mission and how that relates to Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management.  After a brief presentation of the findings explained in Dan Siegel's recent book: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Jon will facilitate discussion on how this information fits with CT, RT, and LM as well as how it might inform counseling and teaching this often challenging population.

The School Strand: Alan D. Moose

Alan D. Moose, MBA, RTC is a site manager for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit# 12 at the York Learning Center and the Lincoln Virtual Academy in York, PA.  Alan has been an educational administrator who has lead a Quality School. He currently works with teachers and students using Choice Theory at a public school serving students with special needs.  He was previously the Director of Alternative Education at Manito, Inc. and an Educational Therapist at York Hospital, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and Developmental Supervisor at Developmental Associates, Inc. Alan describes himself as, "… an innovative and strategic leader in education, seeking opportunities for educational entities, teachers and students to engage in new ways of learning that will not only provide a meaningful learning experience but also seek to challenge fundamental ideas in pedagogy and design." He will share best practices in helping to create a Quality School with students and staff as well as how to implement choice theory practices as a practitioner with students and staff who are not as familiar with Dr Glasser's work.

Conference Agenda:

8:30-9:15: Welcome and Involvement Activity
9:15-10:15: The Personal Strand with Dave Moran
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 The Leadership Strand with Barnes Boffey
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:00 Breakout #1: Jon Erwin: the Teenage Brain or Peter Appel: the Counseling Strand
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:30  Breakout #2: Jon Erwin:  the Teenage Brain or Alan Moose: The School Strand
3:30-4:15 Student Panel: Facilitated by Dave Moran

Click on the link to read how our Chairperson, Lois Knapton has been active in the schools.

LKnaptonArticle 14.04.26

On behalf of William Glasser International

A Letter from WGI-US Northeast Region Chairperson Lois Knapton

Wow, I always find it amazing how time just flies by...another year, gone. I would like to explain why we did not hold a Fall conference.  At last year's business meeting, a conference sub committee was formed, however, that committee fizzled out and time passed, with no solid plans for a conference. Then in late Fall, Gino LoRicco, from Quinebaug Middle College in CT, sent an email to the NE region asking about us and explaining that he runs a school that is solely based on the Glasser foundation and inquired about the criteria to become a Glasser Quality school.  After numerous emails and phone conversations, we decided to partner with them, and to include Brad Columbus from Three Rivers Middle College Magnet High School to put on the Spring conference. These are educational institutions that implement Glasser's choice theory in their schools. We said yes...and I am pleased to announce that the annual WGI NE Spring conference was a big hit, with over 60 people in attendance in Norwich, CT.

As we try to increase our membership, partnering with surrounding schools who are connected to Glasser's beliefs became a reality. With Jon Erwin as our keynote and afternoon breakout sessions with staff and students of the partnering institutions, our day was full of fun, learning, and making new connections. Continue reading the newsletter for more participant feedback.

As always, we held our annual business meeting on April 27, 2013 from 4-6:30 p.m. A quorum was established and we forged ahead. See the meeting minutes enclosed in this newsletter, for further details. Of note is that our membership is growing and our region is one of the most active regions in the US, so active, in fact, that the first ever WGI US conference will be held in our region from August 2-5,  Buffalo, NY. Be sure to go online to check out the agenda for the conference. We are so excited about this. WGI NE will be holding another business meeting sometime during this conference to try to solidify our upcoming 2014 conference schedule.

The Glasser's Principles live on... and connections continue to be made, world wide. Be sure to check out the following websites for insights, intensive weeks, professional connections, etc. ( WGI NE)  (WGI US) (WGI International)

Also, continue reading to learn about these organizations as WGI NE Co-Representative, Sue Tomaszewski reports. As you may know by now, all our communication is done primarily through an email system called Constant Contact. We also use our website and Facebook.  Gone  are the days of receiving a snail mail copy of our newsletter.  This has been a difficult transition, but a necessary one.  If you are feeling out of the loop, please email me or post on our Facebook page for more info.  You can also call me at (603) 219-5449. I hope to see you all in Buffalo, NY. Enjoy.

Spring 2013 Conference

Susan Tomaszewski, WGI-US NE Region Representative

Hello Everyone: our Spring Conference was quite a success. EASTCONN, LEARN, Quinebaug Middle College and Three Rivers Middle College and Magnet HS invited The Glasser NE Region to learn with them and their staffs. A thank you to all of you as you provided us with a wonderful facility and spectacular learning opportunities! We are glad to have so many new friends and colleagues, THANKS ESPECIALLY TO GINO, BRAD AND GARY!

Jon Erwin kept us actively engaged during his Lead Management: Perceptions & Realities keynote. He had asked us to consider what actions we engage in to enable those we work with to be part of a "need satisfying" environment. You will find attachments of our chart paper that I pulled together. So here's 5 attachments of our thoughts for need satisfying actions…AND…please also follow the link for the next event coming to the NE: Wm Glasser US Conference: 8/2-5/2013 at the Millenium Hotel, Buffalo NY.  You will find the agenda for the pre-conferences as well as for the conference with information about events that will be taking place during the evening hours.


 NE Conference FREEDOMNE Conference FUNNE Conference LOVE-BELONGINGNE conference POWERNE conference SURVIVAL

The Glasser Approach
By Kortney Kirschner
The William Glasser Institute New England Spring Conference was held on April 27th, 2013, at Three Rivers Community College. The Glasser Institute conference is co-sponsored by Connecticut Regional Education Service Centers EASTCONN, LEARN, and Three Rivers Community College who hosted this event. This conference featured a guest speaker, Jonathon C. Erwin, who is a senior faculty member of the William Glasser Institute and author of “The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want” and “Inspiring the Best in Students.” Afternoon breakout sessions were held by students and staff of EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) and LEARN’s Three Rivers Middle College Magnet High School (TRMC).
William Glasser created a ground breaking approach called ‘Choice Theory’ which states that all we do is behave, that almost all behavior is chosen, and that we are driven by our genes to satisfy five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun. At this Conference the focus was Lead Management in the field of education. Many teachers, principals, staff, and students were present to hear and partake in discussion on how to provide a better learning environment.
I, personally, was there to share my opinion as a student from Three River’s Middle College Magnet High School and listen to the wisdom of many others. I can honestly say it was an enjoyable afternoon as many gathered to better understand the importance of the role of Choice Theory in the classroom. It was my job to share from my perspective the benefits of attending a school established on Choice Theory found on the campus of Three River’s Community College.
A few different things that qualify Three River’s Middle College Magnet High School to be a Choice Theory school that also makes us distinct from other high schools includes those relationships within schools are based upon trust and respect. The idea of ‘Power With’ instead of power over between a staff member and a student is heavily practiced. Also you cannot receive lower than a grade of seventy-three and all students participate in a service learning project. I feel strongly that this is an ideal school in today’s society and caters to the different needs of all students in an encouraging way.
This conference allowed educators to be challenged when preparing the future generations with skills beyond only academics and many went home considering ways to transform their traditional classroom. The idea of Choice Theory may be a revolutionary concept and could become the future of education around the world. Three Rivers Middle College Magnet High School is a just small testimony to arguably the most thought-provoking statement in Glasser’s Theory, “every student can succeed”.
Kortney is a student from Three River’s Middle College Magnet High School. To find more information on Glasser’s Theory visit or like the William Glasser Institute on Facebook.