Center Announcements

Prestigious Academic Appointments for Yale Center Research Staff

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is saying goodbye to three researchers who are moving on to exciting research appointments. As the Center continues to gain prominence in the field of social and emotional learning, several individuals who have helped make the Center what it is today will venture out to pursue new opportunities.   Christina Crowe, a postdoctoral research associate, will begin at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth as an assistant professor of applied developmental and educational psychology. She will build her research lab and teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on developmental psychology, educational psychology, and statistics. Christina will continue to collaborate in emotional intelligence research projects examining student and teacher outcomes.     Catalina Torrente, a postdoctoral research associate, will join a multidisciplinary team at Mathematica Policy Research in Oakland, California, a research organization that conducted the country’s first social policy experiment, the New Jersey Negative Income Tax Experiment. There, she will study literacy interventions in Latin America at Mathematica’s Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE). Catalina will work both domestically and internationally to improve children’s learning opportunities.     Sherri Widen, an associate research scientist, is headed to the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University. She will serve as a social science researcher on the Ready4K! project, which uses texting to help parents improve their preschoolers’ early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills. Her focus will be on creating the Social-Emotional program and she will design studies to investigate the effect of the texts on children’s outcomes and their transition into 

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Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

Penn News ~ July 13th, 2015 | The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation and administered by National Philanthropic Trust, the Imagination Institute was founded in 2014 as a way to stimulate scientific research on imagination….Zorana Ivcevic Pringle from Yale University, Paul Silvia from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Magdalena Grohman from the University of Texas at Dallas will receive $150,000 to develop ways to assess self-regulation in creativity and to explore how original ideas become creative products or performances. Full Article 

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Real Schools – Lyceé Français New York

Real Schools – Lyceé Français New York

Lyceé Français – Innovation With Parent Engagement By Rose Nisker BACKGROUND The Lyceé Français de New York (LFNY) is an independent bilingual school for students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Founded in 1935 by Comte Charles de Ferry de Fontnouvelle, then French Consul General in New York, the school follows the academic curriculum established by the French National Ministry of Education, while incorporating aspects of the American educational system. LFNY’s single building campus is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, occupying a full city block in one of the country’s most expensive neighborhoods. With 1,367 students representing 45 nationalities, LFNY has a distinctly international feel. Its bilingual environment is bolstered by a student body comprised of one-third French citizens and another third made up of French-American dual-citizens. A central part of the school’s stated purpose is to provide teaching methods that “reflect both the French standards of intellectual rigor and the American traditions of pragmatism, positive reinforcement, initiative, and creativity.” Lyceé Français DE NEW YORK AND RULER In 2013, Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and RULER co-creator Dr. Marc Brackett visited Anne Harlam’s pre-k classroom at LFNY. The students were eager to share the many RULER-based projects they had been developing all year, including their classroom Mood Meter. When Brackett asked the students to report on their emotional state, a little girl raised her hand enthusiastically. “I’m in the yellow!” she declared. When asked why, she responded, “Because the Mood Meter man is here!!” The little girl in Harlam’s class isn’t the only RULER enthusiast at LFNY– the Head of Primary School, Vannina Boussouf, is also a fan. Boussouf was first introduced to RULER 3 years ago through a webinar program with Dr. Brackett. She was looking for a social and emotional learning program that would fit her school’s unique bilingual, international environment. “We are not only bilingual, we are bicultural,” Boussouf explains emphatically. “We needed a program that our teachers could translate and adapt for the cultural backgrounds at our school.” She knew that anything with a rigid format and highly circumscribed materials wasn’t going to fly, especially with the French team of teachers and administrators at LFNY. “Many social and emotional learning programs have a very American spirit,” she says with a chuckle. “It can come across as too positive or artificial for those coming from a French background.” Boussouf felt that the flexibility of the RULER program was ideal for both her French and American teaching and administrative teams. “RULER presented a framework with very versatile tools which we could take and alter to fit our school.” Excited by the webinar, Boussouf encouraged 3 LFNY teachers to attend the RULER training, each one representing a different Primary School grade-level and language specialty– Pre-K English teacher Anne Harlam; Veronica McGivney Park, a bilingual 1st grade teacher who heads the English program in the Primary School, and Daphnee Marchini, a bilingual 5th grade teacher with a French emphasis. “We wanted them to be able to come back and train all of our teachers, administrators and parents,” says Boussouf. Boussouf also encouraged the PTA to bring Dr. Brackett to speak to LFNY parents. The packed event was a compelling introduction to the program, and parents were eager to participate in follow-up RULER trainings led by Harlam, Marchini and McGivney Park. For LFNY’s bilingual community, the RULER-trained teachers report that even just the act of translating the RULER materials into French has been beneficial in inspiring social and emotional awareness. When 5th grade teacher Marchini was translating some of the words for the Mood Meter, it became clear that there were cultural differences as 

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‘Inside Out’ Teaches Lessons for All Ages

‘Inside Out’ Teaches Lessons for All Ages

US News University Directory ~ June 20th, 2015 | Don’t be fooled by the animation, Pixar’s newest film “Inside Out is so much more than a cute summer movie. There is a deeper lesson hidden beneath the film’s premise of a young girl’s emotions (Joy, Disgust, Sadness, Anger and Fear) living inside of her head and going on an epic adventure. The real story is about emotional intelligence… Studies show that children, college students and adults can improve their lives by better understanding their emotions and the emotions of others.  Yale University has an entire department devoted to researching and developing emotional intelligence, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Together with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, the Center is launching a campaign called “Emotion Revolution” to help high school students with social and emotional learning. Full Article 

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Our City, Our Schools: Social and Emotional Learning

Our City, Our Schools: Social and Emotional Learning

SeattleChannel.org ~ June 16th, 2015 | How do students’ emotions impact their academic achievement? Seattle Public Schools is using an approach known as RULER to help students and teachers Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate emotions. Host Brian Callanan interviews RULER co-creator Marc Brackett and profiles the RULER program at Graham Hill Elementary, South Shore K-8 and Olympic Hills Elementary for a comprehensive look at how teaching emotional smarts can help boost academic success. Full Article and Video 

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Dena Simmons Named Pahara NextGen Leader

Dena Simmons Named Pahara NextGen Leader

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., the Director of School Initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has been selected as one of twenty-five Fall 2015 Pahara NextGen Fellows to help advance the mission of the Pahara Institute’s NextGen Network. The Pahara Institute is a national nonprofit organization focused on supporting sustainability, diversity, and quality leadership in the educational excellence and equity movement. As a Pahara NextGen leader, Dena will be part of a 12-month leadership development program that will support a diverse group of exceptional emerging senior leaders as they bridge traditional divides, engage more diverse perspectives, and facilitate communication. Participants learn from, support, and challenge each other as they enhance their own leadership skills and continue to strive toward providing high quality education opportunities for every child in our nation. Dena was selected as a Pahara NextGen Fellow for her work as an educator, teacher educator, and director of school initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and for her dedication to amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities that are currently not well served by our public schools. “I am so honored to be a part of the Pahara NextGen Network. Too often, too many organizations and professionals in the education movement work in a silo, compete for the same funding, replicate efforts unnecessarily, and burn out because of a lack of sustainability and collective work. The Pahara NextGen Network will help organize a convening of minds and efforts so that our education movement is stronger and longer-lasting.” The movement for excellence and equity in our nation’s education system is at a critical juncture. As this work evolves, it is important to cultivate and support leaders who bring diverse voices and perspectives to the movement. By identifying individuals like Dena Simmons, and providing them with high-level leadership development and networking opportunities, this program encourages and supports education leaders to collaborate toward creating a more just education 

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