Emotional Intelligence Program Designed to Improve Performance, Relationships, and Well-being
New Canaan Public Schools is committed to making all of our schools safe, welcoming and engaging places for our students to learn. As an extension of its School Climate initiative, the district has begun an implementation of the Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) program in our K-8 schools. The program focuses on the importance of teaching students the basic skills of Emotional Intelligence - the ability to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate emotion (RULER). The Emotional Intelligence program was developed by Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the Director of Emotional Intelligence at Yale University, and his team.
In November 2016, Dr. Brackett came to speak to the NCPS faculty and parents. His presentation explained that there is substantial research behind the importance of Emotional Intelligence - including the fact that having higher E.I. leads to better attention, learning, performance, decision making, more positive relationships and better health and well-being.
One of the strong advantages of the Emotional Intelligence initiative is that it starts with the teachers - giving them skills to manage emotions, and ultimately, to improve relationships with students. At NCPS, a group of faculty members from each of the elementary schools and the middle school went to Yale last October to take part in Emotional Intelligence workshops and training. These K-8 School Emotional Intelligence Implementation Teams (Saxe team pictured on left) have now begun to teach the entire K-8 faculty and staff the Emotional Intelligence “Anchor Tools.” These tools are essential for developing self-awareness, self management and relationship skills. Later, students and parents will begin to learn the same skills. NCHS also sent a team to learn about Yale's Emotional Intelligence program in March and will begin to share their learning with other teachers later this month.
We are all very excited about this opportunity to improve the well-being, relationships and performance of all of the members of our community through raising our collective Emotional Intelligence.