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Dena Simmons, a 2016 Scenarios USA Honoree

Dena Simmons, a 2016 Scenarios USA Honoree

NEW YORK ~ Scenarios USA, a national non-profit organization that uses education and filmmaking to engage teens to think critically and creatively on issues of social justice and identity, with a focus on underrepresented communities, will host the 2016 Scenarios Awards/Gala on June 7, 2016. The Gala will honor influential individuals in media and education as well as the winners of the Scenarios 2016 REAL DEAL Writing Contest, and will host dynamic guests across fields of film, philanthropy, activism and more. The Gala will honor Dena Simmons, a prolific writer and thought leader on education reform prioritizing social justice pedagogy. 

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Dena Simmons at the United Nations

Dena Simmons at the United Nations

May 19, 2016~ Dena Simmons speaks at the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosted at the UN. Dena's talk is titled EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – Why a digital world depends on it. @TheWSIE @DenaSimmons For more information   

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Social Learning: Dr. Marc Brackett Returns to Trumbull High

The Trumbull Times ~ April 15th, 2016 | Academic advancement can’t be achieved without prioritizing and teaching the importance of mental health. That’s the lesson Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi and crisis intervention specialist Bill Mecca have learned throughout their careers as educators — one that was reinforced to them in August, when keynote speaker Dr. Marc Brackett delivered a convocation address to Trumbull faculty and administrators before kicking off the 2015-16 school year. Brackett, the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, left such a strong impression that morning that the schools knew they had to have him return to speak with students and parents about social-emotional learning. “I’ve never had a keynote speaker resonate like him,” Cialfi recalled. “The convocation usually ends with teachers jumping out of their seats to get into their classrooms, but they stayed and talked with Dr. Bracket. Full Article Here 

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Emotional Intelligence Explained in Bridgeport

Emotional Intelligence Explained in Bridgeport

CT Post ~ March 18th, 2016 | BRIDGEPORT — Feelings matter. So much so that they impact learning, decisions and behavior. That was the message Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, brought to a room of more than 200 Bridgeport Public Education Fund supporters on Friday. For two years, $350,000 in grants from the Tauck Family Foundation have helped support a program in the city school district called RULER, short for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. First principals and teachers were trained, and this school year students started learning the basics of not only identifying feelings, but controlling them as well. Full Article 

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Highline Students Are Latest To Learn About Emotions Along With ABCs

The Seattle Times ~ March 16th, 2016 | Kids at Southern Heights Elementary School in Burien are learning this month what to do in those few seconds after they feel a flash of anger, but before they act in a way that could land them in the principal’s office. Instead of lashing out, you take a deep breath and imagine how your “best self” would handle it. It’s called a “meta-moment,” part of a new effort this year to teach emotional smarts alongside academics. The school is using an approach called RULER, one of many programs being used by schools around the country to promote social and emotional learning. RULER was developed at Yale University to show students — and their teachers and principals— how to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate emotions. Full Article 

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The Facebook Breakup

The Facebook Breakup

The New York Times ~ March 9th, 2016  |  For Kate Sokoloff, a brand strategist in Portland, Ore., the Facebook mirror of her breakup with her boyfriend of three years was like “an emotional sucker punch,” she said. “Not 15 minutes after we broke up four years ago, and probably while he was still parked outside of my house, he changed his status to ‘single.’”... It’s not news that the social network, whose roiling environs hold over 1.5 billion people, is a complex and sometimes confounding space. Navigating its evolving rules and byways requires the nuance and skill of a Jane Austen heroine, as well as the thick skin of a politician. The Compassion Team is devoted to making Facebook’s interactions more human, and more humane... [They] have developed tools to help with social resolution, bullying, online aggression (or perceived aggression), eating disorders and issues particular to high school students, working with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and other academic partners. Full Article Here   

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