September 24, 2020
This year, our staff will be implementing RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning that focuses on emotional intelligence. RULER helps students, and the adults in their lives, to learn about and manage their emotions. This is important for success in nearly every aspect of our lives—for attention, memory, and learning, for making and keeping friends, for healthy decision-making, and for our overall wellbeing. You can learn more about RULER and why emotions matter in early childhood in the brochure and article that are attached.
Adult learning is a core component of the RULER approach, and we will spend this year building our own skills of emotional intelligence and creating opportunities for you to learn too. We began staff training last year, and are eager to implement this program with all of our elementary students. You may be aware that in response to the pandemic quarantine the Connecticut Department of Education has called for a focus on social and emotional learning in all schools this year. We are fortunate that we had already begun that process.
In adopting RULER, we hope to strengthen our skills of emotional intelligence, to build a stronger community, and prepare our students in their transition to kindergarten and beyond. We would love for you to be part of a conversation with families and staff to learn more about this program. Principal Yatsenick and Principal Komar will let you know when they will be having virtual workshops with families. We encourage you to join a workshop to have a better overview of RULER for Families, and to ask questions. Principals will be sending you RULER updates throughout the year. In the meantime, you can visit the following RULER website for more information: https://www.ycei.org/ruler/
We are excited to work together to build our emotional intelligence skills.
Dr. Joseph A. Olzacki
Superintendent of Schools
Wendy Nelson Kauffman
Director of Teaching and Learning