George Lucas Educational Foundation

Daniel Vollrath

High School Teacher

Daniel Vollrath is a special education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey and a U.S. professional development trainer with the Institute for Habits of Mind. With a strong passion for developing curriculum, building student relationships, and fostering executive function techniques infused with the Habits of Mind, Vollrath has created a more responsive and mindful classroom culture. Dispositional thinking, reflective techniques, and instructional procedures connected to Habits of Mind serve an integral role in his daily pedagogy.


  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

    A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Encouraging Students to Develop Resilience

    A framework called Habits of Mind can help students improve their ability to recover from frustrations and get back to learning.