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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

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