Dena Simmons of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Presents TED Talk in New York City

Dena Simmons of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Presents TED Talk in New York City

Posted on Nov 12, 2015

On November 1st and 2nd, Dr. Dena Simmons presented at the inaugural TED Talks Live at the Town Hall Theater in New York City’s Theater district under the umbrella topic of “The Education Revolution.” Dena’s talk drew from her life experiences as a student, teacher, researcher, and activist, in an attempt to engage the audience in a discourse about race, power, and privilege in our nation’s education system. Dena put forth the belief that if educational initiatives for students are to be successful, these initiatives must address the history of racism and inequality that perpetuates an unsustainable cycle that disadvantages some students–mainly students of color. Further, she pushed the audience to consider the emotional danger students experience when they are forced to erase who they are in order to experience success at school. Dena currently works as the Director of Implementation at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she oversees education, training, and coaching initiatives at the Center as well as the scaling up of the RULER program, the Center’s approach to social and emotional learning. Photo Credit – Ryan Lash … read more

Seedlings Institute for School Leaders

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, in partnership with the Seedlings Foundation, is excited to offer an opportunity for districts seeking to join the movement to build emotionally intelligent school communities.   The Seedlings Foundation supports programs that nourish the physical and mental health of children and families, and foster an educated and engaged citizenship. Since 2005, the Seedlings Educators Collaborative has provided professional development, ongoing support, and resources to educators from diverse school environments. In a supportive and actively engaging setting, educators forge ongoing relationships and community connections and leave with tools to support them throughout their careers. Paramount to this effort is providing a stimulating and nurturing environment, away from the day-to-day demands of the classroom. Seedlings educators spend time in an immersive and engaging professional development program that introduces them to educational resources they might not otherwise encounter and provides a network for sustaining the work. At the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, we know that for leaders, emotions drive the effectiveness of all daily interactions – with colleagues, parents, and students – and impact school climate and culture. For educators, emotions drive their effectiveness in creating positive classroom environments and fostering student learning. For students, emotions drive their ability to learn, make effective decisions, build relationships, and perform their best academically. Ultimately, transformational leadership at the district level greatly impacts the work of reaching students. By fusing the missions of Seedlings and the Center, we endeavor to enhance both transformational leadership and emotional intelligence skills and strategies through the Seedlings Institute for School Leaders. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offers this multi-day master class as a way to provide a foundation for understanding and implementing emotional intelligence as well as a space to reflect and recharge with like-minded leaders. The Seedlings Institute gives district-level team members the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to build emotional intelligence – the skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and … read more

Yale and Lady Gaga Host Teens to Talk About Emotions

Yale and Lady Gaga Host Teens to Talk About Emotions

Posted on Oct 26, 2015

Yale News ~ October 25th, 2015 | The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Born This Way Foundation, created by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, hosted teens from across the country to discuss the importance of emotions in school and life at the Emotion Revolution daylong summit at the Yale School of Management on Oct. 24. Lady Gaga joined 200 high school students, top policy makers, and academic officials, including Yale President Peter Salovey, a pioneer in the study of emotional intelligence, to discuss ways to recognize and channel emotions for positive outcomes. Full Article … read more

Blumenthal, Sandy Hook Parent to Push Social/Emotional Learning

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 ~ August 10th, 2015 | This could be the year of reading, writing and social/emotional health. For more than a year now, the Bridgeport Public School system has been working toward the roll out of a new Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence program that promises to change the culture of the city school system by tapping into the social and emotional well-being of students and staff. They call it RULER, as in “Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating” emotions. Full Article … read more

Prestigious Academic Appointments for Yale Center Research Staff

Posted on Aug 6, 2015

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 … read more

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

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

Posted on Jul 17, 2015

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 … read more