RULER for High Schools

Student and Educator Performance and Well-being

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that is shown to improve social and emotional skills, academic performance, peer relationships, and school climate while decreasing bullying and aggression. Comprehensive high schools in our partner districts can now train in and benefit from the approach as part of our trial of RULER for High Schools.  


Meet high school leaders, educators, and students who are using RULER to create a more positive school climate.

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How You Benefit

By participating in this randomized control trial of High School RULER, your school will receive: 

  • Training in RULER for a school-based, five-person implementation team ($8,000 value) in a cohort of other high schools 
  • Two years of in-depth implementation support including individual and group coaching sessions  
  • Support with data collection that informs implementation  
  • $1000 administrative stipend per year or $1000 compensation per year for those in the waitlist control condition  
  • Complementary access to the annual RULER Implementation Conference 

Study Activities

  • A team of 5 staff members will form the implementation team and attend RULER training 
  • RULER is then implemented at the school over 2 years 
  • Implementation teams attend monthly coaching sessions and quarterly networking sessions with other schools in the study 
  • Schools administer student and staff surveys in the fall and spring

Note: Schools will be randomized into an experimental group and a control group. The control group will receive all the same RULER training and implementation support two years after the experimental group.

Watch a video to learn more about the study

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Your Eligibility

Comprehensive high schools in our partner districts and serving students in grades 9-12 are eligible for the study. If you aren’t sure if you’re eligible, contact Julie McGarry.

An Invitation from Dr. Brackett

Dr. Marc Brackett, the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, invites you to join the study and shares the benefits of participation.

Watch Dr. Brackett’s invitation. 

RULER is a CASEL SELect program.