Making CT the First Emotionally Intelligent State

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is helping guide Connecticut on its path to being the first emotionally intelligent state. A lofty goal, perhaps, but thanks to funding from the Dalio Foundation, teachers and leaders across the state are addressing the imperative to engage Connecticut students emotionally in order to connect with them intellectually. Based on Dr. Marc Brackett’s research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the RULER approach to social and emotional learning is being implemented in over [#] Connecticut schools. In addition to the summer Seedlings Institute for district leaders, the Center offers training through the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence Institute, providing training, support, and materials to educators as they work to implement RULER in Connecticut schools. These workshops are offered each year in the fall, spring, and summer. The Center has recently established a relationship with Partner Schools, eight sites that aspire to become RULER exemplars throughout the state. Further, 34 educators from Connecticut have been selected as Changemaker Fellows. The goal of the Fellowship program is to empower and challenge teachers and administrators to design concrete actions to move emotional intelligence work to the next level in their schools and communities. Going forward, the Center’s plan is to continue the dialogue regarding SEL statewide by expanding and reconvening the SEL Taskforce focused on advocacy and policy outreach. Educators and school districts throughout Connecticut are invited to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence as we position Connecticut at the forefront in the field of social and emotional learning.