Social Emotional Learning
Corbett Prep is honored to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
The center’s RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate Emotions) program has been a leader in emotional intelligence approaches in schools for more than a decade. “The aim of the RULER approach is to radically transform the educational system in order to cultivate safer, healthier, more productive learning environments for kids across all walks of life,” according to the center’s website. “RULER has been tested using peer-reviewed scientific methods at Yale University and beyond to show that the program reduces bullying, classroom conflict, testing anxiety, drug use, dropout rates and many other factors related to school stressors.”
Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman reports:
More than education is focused on emotional well-being these days. My email account is full of advertisers from businesses, universities and school-related organizations offering courses in emotional intelligence and now mindfulness. The next step for RULER is combining emotional intelligence with well-being and mindfulness skills.
In 2016, Corbett Prep became the national pilot school for the Four Pillars of Wellbeing, a new research-based curriculum that grew out of RULER at Yale. Lead developer Dr. Daniel Cordaro has conducted trainings with the Corbett Prep faculty and spoken to students via Skype and during classroom visits. Teachers spent the year implementing the curriculum and providing feedback on how tactics worked in the classrooms. The Contentment Foundation made revisions and has begun to introduce the lessons to other schools, while continuing to work with Corbett Prep.
Read more about Corbett Prep’s involvement in RULER 1 and the Mood Meter.