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The District’s primary approach to building competencies to support social and emotional learning is RULER. The RULER approach, a research based program, was developed by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director Of the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University.

First page of the PDF file: RULERSkillsOverviewforFamilies
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The research-supported benefits of RULER include:

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  • Improved academic performance for students                                                              
  • Increased emotional intelligence and social skills
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Improved school climate
  • Reduced bullying
  • Enhanced student leadership skills and attention
  • Strengthened relationships with teachers and students, less burnout, better relationships with administrators,
    and are more positive about teaching




Board of Education Update: October 26, 2021

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