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Facebook and Yale Honor Teens Creating Positive Change in their High Schools

Facebook and Yale Honor Teens Creating Positive Change in their High Schools

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 inspirED Changemaker Award winners, sponsored by Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Ten exceptional teams of students and educators from high schools around the U.S. have been selected to receive this prestigious award in its inaugural year. Supporting greater social and emotional learning and greater wellbeing for young people in schools is a top priority for thae inspirED program and its partners. We created the Changemaker Award to recognize and celebrate passionate students and educators who are committed to developing innovative and positive learning environments. The response to the award was overwhelming and the selection process was extremely challenging, with a large number of high quality applications from schools around the nation. Award recipients will receive a grant between $5,000 to $10,000 and invitations to the inspirED SEL Summit to be held in fall 2016 at Facebook’s Headquarters. And the 2016 inspirED Changemaker Awards go to: Westbrook High School, Connecticut Grossmont High School, California Frederick Douglass High School, Georgia Diamond Bar High School, California High Tech High School, California Pine View High School, Florida Northwestern High School, Connecticut Milwaukie High School, Oregon Taos High School, New Mexico Campbell High School, Georgia We were extremely impressed with all of the applicants and would like to thank each student and educator who applied to the program this year. The stories of each of our award winners will be featured on the inspirED site in the fall. Please visit us at inspired.fb.com to read their stories, find out how to apply for the program next year, try out the resources yourself, and keep in touch with us for future opportunities. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing – together we can make a difference! For more information about the inspirED program, visit our … read more

Dena Simmons, a 2016 Scenarios USA Honoree

Dena Simmons, a 2016 Scenarios USA Honoree

Posted on May 20, 2016

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. … read more

Dena Simmons at the United Nations

Dena Simmons at the United Nations

Posted on May 19, 2016

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   … read more

Social Learning: Dr. Marc Brackett Returns to Trumbull High

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

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 … read more

Emotional Intelligence Explained in Bridgeport

Emotional Intelligence Explained in Bridgeport

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

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 … read more

Highline Students Are Latest To Learn About Emotions Along With ABCs

Posted on Mar 16, 2016

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 … read more