Social Emotional Learning
The Yale 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.
Research on RULER shows that students perform better academically, improve their emotional intelligence and social skills, gain leadership skills and experience less anxiety and depression. Teachers report that RULER helps them establish better relationships with students and administration and feel more positive about teaching.
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 continues to work with Corbett Prep as it rolls out the wellbeing curriculum to schools worldwide.
Read more about Corbett Prep’s involvement in RULER and the Mood Meter.