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Our high school kids: tired, stressed and bored

Our high school kids: tired, stressed and bored

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

USA Today ~ October 23, 2015 | When they’re at school, the kids are decidedly not all right. New survey findings suggest that when asked how they feel during the school day, USA high school students consistently invoke three key feelings: “tired,” “stressed” and “bored.”  The researcher who led the study warns that such negative feelings can influence young people’s attention, memory, decision making, school performance and social lives. “It’s hard to concentrate and it’s hard to do well in school if your brain is having a stressed response,” said Marc Brackett, a researcher in the Yale University Department of Psychology and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Full Article … read more

Celebrating the Emotion Revolution!

Celebrating the Emotion Revolution!

Posted on Oct 22, 2015

The Meeting House Blog ~ October 20th, 2015 | The Meeting House is thrilled to be co-sponsoring a symposium at The Churchill School this spring where Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will be the keynote speaker. The Center is an important place for research and programs related to social and emotional learning. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Dr. Robin Stern, Associate Director of the Center, to discuss the Emotion Revolution – a groundbreaking movement that aims to change the climate in high schools and the dialogue surrounding emotional intelligence for our nation’s youth. Full Article … read more

Lady Gaga Gets Personal About Saving Troubled Teens — ‘I’ve Suffered Through Depression and Anxiety My Whole Life’

Lady Gaga Gets Personal About Saving Troubled Teens — ‘I’ve Suffered Through Depression and Anxiety My Whole Life’

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

Billboard ~ October 15th, 2015 | Jamey Rodemeyer was a gay Lady Gaga fan from New York state. Bullied for his sexuality, the 14-year-old became a kind of online activist against harassment. Then, on Sept. 18, 2011, he tweeted at Gaga before taking his own life: “Bye mother monster, thank you for all you have done.” Kids like Rodemeyer moved Gaga, 29, to establish the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit determined to show disenfranchised teens they weren’t alone…Born This Way first sponsored the Born Brave Bus Tour, a pop-up resource center that drew 150,000 visitors in two years. But more recently, the foundation has shifted its focus to peer support and preventive initiatives, including research on youth and mental health in a partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and in a forthcoming collaboration with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Full Article … read more

First-Ever U.S. Study on Workplace Wellness Finds 80 Percent of People Would Rather Work Alone Because of Unhelpful or Hostile Work Environments

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

PRNewswire ~ October 5th, 2015  | In order to explore bullying and wellness in the workplace and to create methods to assess psychological health and eliminate the unnecessary stress factors, the nonprofit Faas Foundation launched the Initiative to Create Psychologically Healthy Workplaces. It has begun work by supporting projects with Mental Health America (MHA),Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence. Full Article … read more

Helping Preschoolers Develop Self-Regulation Is Goal Of Oregon State Researcher’s New Book

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

The Oregonian ~ October 6th, 2015 | Before kids can learn, they need to know how to learn. That’s where self-regulation comes in, according to Megan McClelland, the Katherine E. Smith Endowed Professor in Child Development at Oregon State University and Shauna Tominey, an associate research scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Yale Child Study Center. Self-regulation is the umbrella term for skills such as planning ahead, paying attention, remembering and following instructions, and controlling impulses and emotions. Full Article … read more

‘Raise Your Hands If You Think That Emotions Matter’

‘Raise Your Hands If You Think That Emotions Matter’

Posted on Oct 2, 2015

The Spokesman-Review ~ October 1st, 2015 | Emotional intelligence researcher Marc Brackett spoke Thursday about the importance of teaching emotional intelligence in the classroom. He presented at the Young Child Expo & Conference via Skype after his flight out of New York was canceled. “I’m on a mission,” Brackett said. “Raise your hands if you think emotions matter.” Full Article … read more

Stop, Think, Act

Stop, Think, Act

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

YaleNews ~ September 28th, 2015 | “Stop, Think, Act: Integrating Self-regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom” offers early childhood teachers the latest research and a wide variety of hands-on activities to help children learn and practice self-regulation techniques. Self-regulation in early childhood, the authors contend, leads to strong academic performance, helps students form healthy friendships, and gives them the social and emotional resources they need to face high-stress situations throughout life. The book, written by Megan M. McClelland, the Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University, and Shauna L. Tominey, associate research scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence,  takes teachers through everything they need to know about using self-regulation principles during circle time, in literacy and math instruction, and during gross motor and outdoor play. Each chapter includes a research base as well as practical, developmentally-appropriate games, songs, and strategies that teachers can easily incorporate in their own classroom. With “Stop, Think, Act,” teachers will be prepared to integrate self-regulation into every aspect of the school day. Full Article … read more

The Global Search for Education: New Study – Social and Emotional Learning

The Global Search for Education: New Study – Social and Emotional Learning

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

The Huffington Post Blog ~ September 4th, 2015 | The best educational institutions in the world recognize that development of the whole child instead of focus mainly on the academic part of an education is critical to ensuring students are able to prosper in the 21st century world. Almost everyone in these institutions would acknowledge that high self-esteem, strong communication skills, creativity, collaboration with others, and the will to persevere are all critical capabilities for modern life. So what works to enhance these skills and how can we better measure them in students? Full Article … read more

Education Board Discusses Opening Day Enrollment, Bullying Policies

Posted on Sep 10, 2015

The Trumbull Times ~ September 10th, 2015 | Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessments Dr. Jonathan Budd presented seven updated policies. The one that drew the most conversation was Bullying & Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention. The policy defines bullying and dating violence and lays out resolution steps…The keynote speaker for this faculty gathering was Dr. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Full Article … read more

Mastering Emotions, Mastering Life

Mastering Emotions, Mastering Life

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

The Spokesman-Review ~ September 8th, 2015 | When Marc Brackett talks about the negative effects emotions can have on our abilities to complete even basic tasks, he sometimes mentions his mother. In a 2011 TED talk he gave in San Francisco, Brackett – a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University – shared a story about taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to graduate school. Brackett spoke of growing up in New Jersey (he earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University). But shortly before he was scheduled to take the GREs, his mother died. He was, as you can well imagine, emotionally distraught. And, unfortunately, he had nowhere to turn for help. Full Article … read more