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College Students Say Support Outside Class Is Key To Success

College Students Say Support Outside Class Is Key To Success

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

WNPR.org ~ November 27th, 2015 | Carol Ortega is a nursing major at the University of St. Joseph. As the first in her family to go to college, she said it’s important that counselors and professors show their human side to students. “You guys can’t ask us to put our walls down if you guys aren’t either,” Ortega said. “That’s really powerful for me.” Social and emotional well-being has become an issue of growing concern. It’s led to programs such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, as well as proposed federal legislation that would provide money to train teachers on how to incorporate social and emotional learning into classroom lessons. Full Article … read more

Gratitude Can Transform Your Life. Here’s How.

Gratitude Can Transform Your Life. Here’s How.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

The Huffington Post Blog ~ November 26th, 2015 |  There are moments in life when gratitude sneaks up on us. You step out of the freezing winter cold and into a warm cafe. Your phone buzzes, and you see a text from your daughter saying her plane has landed and she can’t wait to see you. These pockets of joy and relief fill us up in the moment and then typically pass. And we could be doing much more to reap their benefits throughout our day and throughout our lives. According to researchers, the full experience of gratitude is more than a passing emotion. It’s a state of mind that we can cultivate daily — even regardless of our life circumstances. Robin Stern, associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Robert Emmons, psychology professor at University of California, Davis, discuss the benefits of giving thanks in their book Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention. Full Article … read more

Teaching Peace In Elementary School

Teaching Peace In Elementary School

Posted on Nov 16, 2015

NYTimes Sunday Review ~ November 14th, 2015 | For years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience. Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others. Feeling left out? Angry at your mom? Embarrassed to speak out loud during class? Proponents of S.E.L. say these feelings aren’t insignificant issues to be ignored in favor of the three R’s. Unless emotions are properly dealt with, they believe, children won’t be able to reach their full academic potential. Full Article … read more

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

The 2015 Gift Guide for Raising Your Family’s EQ

The 2015 Gift Guide for Raising Your Family’s EQ

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Forbes ~ November 7th, 2015 | …Many of us already expect the teen years to be harsh on kids and their parents. Parents of pre-adolescent children often joke about how they dread that phase of life…As a former youth counselor, I saw many children struggling with their emotions, not knowing how to even begin to solve their problems. Not all children sort it out themselves. The fact remains that much of this can be practiced and taught just like reading, writing, and math. For teens and their teachers, there is now Facebook’s InspirED and for teachers, Six Seconds’ InspirEd program (both free). However, what about the younger kids?  Is there something for them? The answer is absolutely yes and the good news is that you don’t have to be an expert to make an impact. Much of this comes in the form of toys and games because that is how children process their world. To be sure, these products are no cure-alls but engaging children this way can boost any intervention or prevention method you pursue. Here is a list of some of my favorite tools for parents and teachers this year. Full Article … read more

The Emotion Revolution: What We Learned from the Young People

The Emotion Revolution: What We Learned from the Young People

Posted on Nov 4, 2015

The Huffington Post Blog ~ November 3rd, 2015 | On a Saturday in late October, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation had the immense pleasure of welcoming almost 200 high school students to the Yale University campus for the Emotion Revolution Summit. The Emotion Revolution was launched on the basic belief – supported by a growing body of scientific research – that emotions are fundamental to a young person’s decision making, academic achievement, and overall well-being. It was also grounded in a commitment to make young people a part of the conversation about how to better integrate tools and tactics to support emotional wellness into their schools and communities. Full Article … read more

Students Unhappy In School, Survey Finds

Students Unhappy In School, Survey Finds

Posted on Oct 26, 2015

WebMD ~ October 25th, 2015 | Tired…bored…and stressed. High school students from across the country have weighed in on their emotional state in school — and overwhelmingly, they’re unhappy. The survey, called Emotion Revolution, is a joint effort between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Born This Way Foundation, co-founded by Lady Gaga. Its goal: to take the emotional temperature of America’s youth, finding out how kids really feel about the time they spend in school. Full Article … read more

Gaga, Yale Take On Emotional Intelligence

Gaga, Yale Take On Emotional Intelligence

Posted on Oct 26, 2015

Yale Daily News ~ October 26th, 2015 | Hundreds crowded into the Yale School of Management Saturday to listen to Lady Gaga — but they were not there to hear her sing. Instead, Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, discussed the importance of emotional intelligence, the ability to identify and respond to one’s feelings. Gaga and Germanotta’s organization, the Born This Way Foundation, partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to host the Emotion Revolution. Around 200 high-school and college students attended the conference, which was the culmination of an almost two-year joint project between BTWF and the Center. Together, the two organizations surveyed 22,000 high school students about their emotional well-being. Full Article … 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