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We are a participant of RULER: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence & University of Denver.

After being invited and selected, this is our letter from Denver University and Yale University:

"Welcome to the RULER Institute for Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools! Congratulations on taking the first step to bringing RULER to your school. You are now part of a community of over 3,000 RULER schools committed to helping leaders, educators, students, and their families thrive. My name is Tangular Irby and I will be your training facilitator for our six-week online institute. I look forward to working with you! This email is your official invitation to access the RULER Training Institute. Even though training officially kicks off Monday, October 31st , I want to make sure that you know what to expect and have an opportunity to start to become familiar with RULER."


A Systemic Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Grades Pre-K through 12

RULER is a systemic approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER aims to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the immune system of Pre-K to 12 schools, informing how leaders lead, teachers teach, students learn, and families support students.

RULER is an acronym for the five skills of emotional intelligence:

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others

  • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions

  • Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary

  • Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context

  • Regulating emotions with helpful strategies

The development of these five RULER skills relies on four core tools:

  • The Charter,

  • The Mood Meter,

  • The Meta-Moment,

  • The Blueprint.

These skills and tools are introduced to all stakeholders in the school community—school leaders, teachers, staff, students, and families. Research shows that students and adults who use RULER experience:

  • Development of emotion skills

  • Improvement in academic performance and classroom climate

  • Fewer attention and learning problems

  • Greater social and leadership skills

  • Less anxiety and depression

  • Less stress and burnout

  • Better performance in school

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