The RULER Approach

  • The RULER approach is an evidenced based, systemic approach to Social Emotional Learning that was developed through the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  Explicitly teaching students and adults the skills of Emotional Intelligence increases academic achievement, promotes positive learning environments, and improves mental health and decision making.  The RULER approach promotes the development of five key emotion skills, including- “Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions (the RULER skills).  RULER implementation involves teaching both the adults and students in the school the RULER skills.  There are several RULER tools used to teach Emotional Intelligence- which are described below. 


Ruler Emotional Intelligence Chart