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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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The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Summer Interns

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Summer Interns

This summer, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence welcomes six undergraduate interns. With their many backgrounds and interests, the 2015 summer interns will make welcome contributions to a variety of research projects at the Center. Brianna Lear is a rising junior at Vassar College and is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. Originally from Los Angeles, Brianna is interested in gender studies, education, comparative psychology and conservation biology, and plans to pursue a career in mental healthcare. This summer, Brianna will work on the RULER and School Initiatives Team, helping to develop ways of teaching emotional intelligence, as well as analyzing data from an Australian RULER school. Outside of academics, Brianna loves to sing and act. Daniel Albers is a rising senior and psychology major at Connecticut College. He is originally from Portland, Oregon. Daniel believes understanding the mind and behavior can help people better relate to one another, and he plans to become a clinical psychologist. This summer, Daniel will work on the Robotics Innovations project and the Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project to develop a tool to evaluate self-contained special education classrooms. Outside of work, Daniel plays piano, clarinet, and water polo. Randy Lee is a rising senior majoring in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Taiwan and raised in California, Randy is interested in researching social rejection, status and power, and emotions in social interactions. This summer, Randy will work on the Innovations in Skill Building project, a collaboration between the Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and on the Emotion Revolution, a joint initiative between the Center and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation that aims to help encourage social and emotional learning in school. In his free time, Randy enjoys bowling and attending live concerts. Andrew Nalani, from Kampala, Uganda, is a rising senior and a religious-studies major at Dartmouth College. Andrew is passionate about creating transformative learning experiences for youths, with a particular emphasis on gender justice, personal development and community building. Last summer, he designed and co-directed a youth leadership residential camp in East Africa. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in education. This summer, Andrew will join the RULER for Families team to help design a leadership training program. Outside the office, Andrew loves writing creative nonfiction and singing in the woods! Justin Haas, a Chicago native, is a rising senior at Colorado College who is majoring in Education. Justin firmly believes that culturally responsive academic role models help students develop more positive attitudes towards learning and schooling, and hopes to help revamp school curriculums across the country with this in mind. This summer, Justin will work on both the RELATE project, and the School Initiatives team. Justin spent a year between high school and college living in East Africa, teaching and rebuilding poorly funded schools. Franklyn Zhu is a rising junior at Yale University who is studying computer science and psychology; he worked last year with the Center to develop a new measure of emotional intelligence. Originally from Beijing, Franklyn became interested in psychology in order to better understand himself. He is interested in developing  effective ways to visualize and communicate information. This summer, Franklyn will join the Meditation Study and Assessments Team. A fun fact about Franklyn: He can sing Italian opera. 

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Dena Simmons Named Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow

Dena Simmons Named Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.,the Director of School Initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has been selected as an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow for the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF). The Fellows were selected for the inaugural class from a competitive field of national nominees who are emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity, and leadership qualities of Mr. Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation. Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has been the nation’s premier convening for leaders to engage in deep and inquisitive consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times. Similarly, for nearly 65 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have provided philanthropy across America to higher education; medicine and healthcare; theological education and religious pluralism; public educational television for children and historical and scientific documentaries for national distribution through PBS and other producers of film. Through funding provided by the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Aspen AVDF Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other Festival attendees, including more than 400 thought leaders in science, health, business, politics, religion, technology, the arts, the environment and academia. The Fellows’ presence will enrich the Ideas Festival and their insight will then inform the philanthropic plans and priorities of the Foundations in the coming years. “I am so grateful to have been nominated and selected for this wonderful fellowship and to be among such inspiring thinkers, doers, and shakers. I look forward to learning and building collaboratively with participants at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I am also excited to share our work at the Center and the urgency to create more emotionally intelligent educational spaces so that all people have access to a safe place to learn and to flourish.” The Festival, which will be held June 25 through July 4 in Aspen, Colorado, is a week-long program of discussions, seminars, panels, and tutorials from journalists, designers, innovators, politicians, diplomats, presidents, judges, musicians, artists, and writers. This year’s theme is Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest 

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