Jennifer Allen, Director of School Relations and Implementation at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, collaborates with schools, districts, and regional and state organizations, focusing on the introduction and sustainability of RULER, both nationally and internationally. Jennifer received her B.A. in British and American literature and her M.A.T. in English from the University of Vermont. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in administration and supervision at Southern Connecticut State University, and she is currently completing her dissertation in the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research is on accomplished novice urban teachers and their decisions to stay or leave their classrooms.
Jennifer has served as a high school English teacher and assistant principal and twice as a middle school principal, all in suburban settings. While she was completing her work at Columbia, she served as director of education and of secondary school redesign at two prominent national organizations whose work was focused on social and emotional learning, consulting with public and independent schools across the country and internationally and publishing a number of related articles. After completing her coursework at Columbia, she served as the executive director of professional learning and the chief talent officer in the Hartford, Connecticut Public Schools and later as the director of secondary education in the Westport, Connecticut Public Schools.
At the center of Jennifer’s extensive work in schools – public, private, suburban, and urban – has always been the understanding that school climate and culture have a fundamental and inextricable impact on students’ wellbeing and achievement.