RULER aims to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the immune system of each school, informing how leaders lead, teachers teach, students learn, and families support students. By using the skills, tools, and principles of RULER, school communities can create safe, equitable, and inclusive learning environments where all learners thrive.
RULER is based on the premise that all emotions matter, and that individuals experience emotions uniquely based on their identities and backgrounds. At present, RULER has been adopted successfully by over 3,500 highly diverse public and private schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.
RULER tools focus on building positive emotional connections across differences, creating awareness around the range of our own emotions and the emotions of others, managing emotions with our best selves, building perspective-taking skills and empathy, reflecting on and resolving conflict, and restoring communities affected by conflict. In this way, RULER is an onramp to work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and antiracism, as it focuses on the development of the skills and language necessary to have conversations around these topics and achieve equitable practices.
Below are the specific ways DEI is addressed within RULER:
- DEI & Personal and Professional Learning
- DEI & Classroom Content
- DEI & Family Engagement