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    RULER: Promoting Emotional Literacy

    RULER is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Early Learning spearheaded the adoption of this curriculum, which is now in use at 50 Seattle Public Schools elementary and middle schools.

    In order to manage one's emotions to successfully negotiate life experiences, whether at school, work or home, RULER promotes:

    • Recognizing
    • Understanding
    • Labeling
    • Expressing
    • Regulating

    The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence

    The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence are evidence-based tools designed to enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers and staff, and students and their families.

    RULER includes four primary tools:

    • Charter
    • Mood Meter
    • Meta-Moment
    • Blueprint

    Teams of school leaders have attend multi-day RULER training sessions and have in turn shared this training with the rest of their school staff.

    The SPS Cabinet, Curriculum and Instruction department staff, representatives from community based organizations, Head Start and PreK staff have learned the 4 RULER “anchor tools” in order to promote system-wide emotional literacy training.

    The belief is that teachers and administrators cannot train students to manage their feelings and emotions if they have not first practiced these skills themselves.

    Social & Emotional Learning & RULER

    A Seattle Public Schools Video (5:52 min)

    Watch: 2 min video featuring Licton Springs K-8

    City of Seattle's Seattle Channel Feature on RULER

    You can read more on the Take 21 Seattle Channel blog