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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 entire school communities in:

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

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How does RULER Work?

RULER begins with staff personal and professional learning and continues with classroom instruction for students and family engagement and education.

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How Do We Get Started?

Attending a RULER training is the first step for schools (preK-12) looking to implement RULER. Our training institutes focus on building a growth mindset and common language around emotions, skill development in emotional intelligence, and the building and sustaining of positive social and emotional climates where all stakeholders in the school feel empowered to learn, work, and achieve.

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RULER is a CASEL SELect program.

This designation indicates that RULER is an evidence-based, well-designed, and classroom-based program that systematically promotes students’ social and emotional competence, provides opportunities for practice, offers multiyear programming, and delivers high-quality training and other implementation supports.

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  • It became my personal mission to make sure that every student had the opportunity to feel valued, supported, and inspired at school every day.

    Judy Palmer, Superintendent
  • RULER has set us up with a very strong foundation. We can go beyond our Charters, and our Mood Meters, and our Meta-Moments and create a value system that can come out when we need it.

    Daryl Blank, Principal
  • You can seamlessly integrate RULER into your curriculum without it taking a tremendous amount of time away from your teaching.

    Kelly Malloy, Teacher
  • With RULER, I feel like I'm able to express myself confidently...I'm not nervous anymore about school.

    RULER Student
  • RULER empowers parents to openly discuss emotions and creates a sense of belonging with your kids.

    RULER Parent

RULER is a CASEL SELect program.

Are you looking to train new RULER implementation team members at your school during the 2024-25 school year? Applications for our upcoming RULER Training Institutes are now open.

 Join us online (October 7-November 15) or in person (October 14-15) this fall!