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RULER (Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, Regulating) is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER supports the entire school community in understanding the value of emotions, building the skills of emotional intelligence, and creating and maintaining a positive school climate.

RULER helps students, and the adults in their lives, learn about and manage their emotions. This is important for success in nearly every aspect of life—for attention, memory, and learning, for making and keeping friends, for healthy decision-making, and for overall wellbeing. You can learn more about RULER and why emotions matter in early childhood in this brochure.

Adult learning is a core component of the RULER approach so we are building our own skills of emotional intelligence and creating opportunities for parents to learn as well. In adopting RULER, we are strengthening our skills of emotional intelligence, building a stronger community, and preparing our students in their transition to kindergarten and beyond.

For more information, visit the RULER website.

RULER Skills Overview for Families

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RULER Tools Overview for Families

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