Join us as a Research Partner

Join us as a Research Partner

We are excited to offer RULER to more schools as part of a new research study which continues to test its impacts. Join us as a Research Partner in our application for federal grant funding to collect more evidence on the impacts of RULER. The grant will provide RULER training for up to 70 elementary schools (Research Partners) as part of an efficacy study in Connecticut.

What is RULER? The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence developed RULER as a whole-school approach to integrating SEL practices into schools. RULER includes four primary tools: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. Each is based on scientific research and helps children and adults develop their emotional intelligence skills.

What does it mean to be a Research Partner?
Research Partners will receive RULER training and implementation support from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Research Partners will participate in data collection (measures about the school, classrooms, teachers, and students) led by researchers from the University of Virginia. The study will take 4 years to complete, and schools will be randomly assigned to either start training on RULER at the beginning or at the end of the study. All Research Partner schools will receive RULER by the end of the study period.

What does it cost?
RULER training (professional development, coaching, and materials) will be offered to all schools at no cost. Schools will need to allocate time for staff to attend trainings during summers or the academic year.

How do I become a Research Partner?
Once you have decided to become a Research Partner, we ask that you sign letter of support expressing your interest in the study. We submit these letters, both from district and school leaders, as an essential component of our grant proposal. To be considered, please send your letter to us no later than July 1, 2014.

When can we start?
The US Department of Education will notify funded studies by March 2015. We will begin to work with our research partners in August 2015 for baseline data collection and professional development planning in Fall 2015. We anticipate starting professional development for randomly selected schools in Winter 2015-2016 with the intention of rolling out RULER to students in Fall 2016. Towards the end of the grant period in 2018, all participating schools will receive RULER professional development.

If you are interested in learning more about this or other RULER opportunities, please contact:

We look forward to hearing from you!