Becoming a RULER School

  • What is RULER?

    RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. It supports school communities—leaders, educators, students, and their families—in understanding the value of emotions, building the skills of emotional intelligence, and creating and maintaining positive climates at school and at home.

  • What does the acronym, RULER, stand for?

    RULER is an acronym for the skills of emotional intelligence:

    • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
    • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
    • Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary
    • Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context
    • Regulating emotions with helpful strategies

    Research shows that RULER skills help people of all ages to use emotions wisely, opening opportunities for adults and students to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

  • Should we adopt RULER if we already work with another SEL or character development program?

    RULER integrates seamlessly with many other school-based initiatives and its goals and methods overlap with those of other SEL and character education programs. In general, RULER becomes the backdrop with a common language and a positive and safe climate in which to teach other academic and SEL topics.

  • What is the process to becoming a RULER school/district?

    The first step to bringing RULER to your school is to send a team to a RULER Institute: Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools, at Yale. This highly interactive, institute provides the foundational skills and tools needed to implement RULER in your school. Regional trainings also are offered if 25 or more schools within a district or region show interest in adopting RULER, and an online training option will be available in 2019. For a full list of training or to register for a training session, please visit: https://www.rulerapproach.org/events/.

  • How much does training cost and what does it include?

    The RULER Institute at Yale costs $6,000 for a team of three people, $1,500 for each additional person. This price includes the RULER Institute training, remote coaching support, RULER online newsletters, and one year of full staff access to the RULER Online platform including student learning content.This does not include the costs associated with travel and lodging for the training. An online version of the RULER Institute will be available in fall 2019.

  • What is available on the RULER Online platform?

    RULER Online is a new online platform devoted to supporting RULER implementation in schools trained in RULER. It includes interactive learning modules for staff development, a collection of implementation support resources, and interactive web tools on the RULER skills and the Tools of Emotional Intelligence.

  • Are trainings offered outside of the United States?

    We currently do not offer international trainings, nor do we work on a systemic level to bring RULER to entire countries. We do invite international schools and districts to join us in New Haven, CT for the RULER Institute.

  • I’m a parent but my child does not attend a RULER school. How can I influence RULER adoption at my child’s school?

    Our current approach is working with entire schools and districts and training educators in emotional intelligence skills. We offer family supports to this school-based approach when schools are trained in RULER. Please use our RULER video located on the homepage to share with your child’s school and PTA for consideration.

Existing RULER Schools

  • What is RULER Online?

    RULER Online is a new online platform devoted to supporting RULER implementation in schools trained in RULER. It includes interactive learning modules for staff development, a collection of resources, and interactive web tools on the RULER skills and the Anchor Tools of Emotional Intelligence. RULER Online is currently a beta version. What this means is that the team will test, improve, and expand the platform during the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Who will have access to RULER Online?

    RULER Online is for staff development in schools who have received RULER training and who subscribe to the platform. We recommend adding any administrators, faculty, and staff members at your school who work with RULER. For more information on how to add your colleagues to RULER Online, visit https://help.ruler.online once your account is active.

  • Will students have login access to RULER Online?

    RULER Online is designed to be access by school faculty and staff. It includes resources for staff development and resources to support classroom implementation and family engagement and education.

  • How long will our school have access to RULER Online?

    RULER schools will have access to RULER Online for one year as part of their training package. You can continue to use RULER Online past that year via subscription. Your school will be alerted when your one-year access is close to expiration so you have the option to subscribe.

  • How do I find out who my RULER Coach is?

    Your RULER Coach will introduce themselves via email after training. If you have misplaced their contact information, please reach out to rulertraining@yale.edu.