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What is RULER?

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER supports the entire school community in:

  • Understanding the value of emotions
  • Building the skills of emotional intelligence
  • Creating and maintaining a positive school climate

Who is RULER for?

RULER aims to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the immune system of each school, informing how students learn, teachers teach, families parent, and leaders lead.

How does RULER Work?

RULER adoption begins with staff personal and professional learning when a small team from a school attends a training institute on the principles and tools of emotional intelligence. With coaching support and online resources, all school staff eventually participate in RULER skill-building activities. Classroom instruction embeds into existing academic curricula and is tailored to focus on the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of students from preschool through high school. Family engagement and education content supports what students learn in school, using everyday and culturally responsive language for accessibility.

Our Research Shows

Schools that engage in RULER training and implementation experience:

  • Positive shifts in school climate
  • Enhanced academic performance
  • Better quality relationships
  • Less bullying and aggressive behavior