Sponsored by a generous gift from the Seedlings Foundation

This training institute for district-level administrators is a unique opportunity for superintendents, directors, and other district-level administrators to enhance their own emotional intelligence and to learn how to create system-wide structures to infuse SEL. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our typical in-person offering will be moving online and the focus of the experience has pivoted. This online experience will include a series of virtual meetings between leaders from districts across the nation with the leadership team of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Sessions will cover:

  • Leveraging the skills and tools of emotional intelligence as a leader
  • Managing high-stakes decisions with emotional intelligence
  • Rebuilding communities during and after the COVID crisis
  • Practicing self-care and nurturing resilience district-wide
  • Becoming stewards for change in school communities by adopting SEL initiatives


  • 3 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) participants per district-level team
  • Cost: $1,500 for a team of 3 (The Seedlings Foundation is subsidizing training for the first 3 attendees. Up to 2 additional team members can attend for $500 each.)

Registration Fee includes:

  • Opportunity to revitalize your professional commitment in a supportive environment
  • An introduction to RULER principles, including the skills and tools of emotional intelligence
  • Participation in a national community of advocates who are positioned as leaders in bringing SEL to their districts
  • Access to high-quality research on school leadership
  • Preparation for systemic implementation of RULER in your district (which would continue with schools within the district attending school-level RULER training)

Stay posted for 2021 training dates!