Monthly Newsletter Articles

  • Is Social-Emotional Learning Really Going to Work for Students of Color?

    As a black educator, trainer, and researcher in the field of social-emotional learning, I am often asked, in confidence, by teachers and school leaders: "Is this SEL program really going to work for my students of color?" I continue to be taken aback by the question and wonder about its genesis, especially since we know from research the benefits of school-based, social-emotional learning for students: improved attitudes and behaviors, better relationships, and increased academic performance.

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  • A Childhood Surrounded by Science

    For Amy Vatner and her three young boys, participating in clinical trials at Yale has meant becoming part of a community. “My kids are now turning nine, seven, and three and a half,” Vatner says, “and they have been involved in studies at Yale for their entire lives.”

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  • How students of color confront imposter syndrome

    As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.

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  • Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence joins the Yale Child Study Center

    The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI) joined the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) beginning on July 1st, 2016. This merger comes after YCEI received numerous grants to expand RULER, its evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that serves over a million students in over 1000 K-12 schools.

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