Evaluation and Assessment
RULER EffectivenessWe conduct both quasi-experimental and experimental studies to examine RULER’s efficacy. One randomized controlled trial, for example, found that fifth- and sixth-grade RULER classrooms had better emotional climates than control classrooms did. Specifically, they had higher connectedness between teachers and students, more support for student autonomy and leadership, and a greater focus on students’ motivations and interests. We also found that better emotional climates, like those created by RULER, went hand in hand with better academic achievement because students were more engaged in the classroom. We continue to design and execute rigorous studies of RULER’s effects on students, educators, and schools.
RULER Implementation FidelityRolling RULER out at a school is a complex and challenging task, and we don’t yet have a complete set of tools to measure fidelity of implementation--that is, how closely leaders adhere to recommended protocols. Yet students and teachers alike will benefit when we know not only what effective SEL practice looks like, but also how best to put it in place at a school. So our assessment team is leading the effort to understand this crucial series of events. We’re gathering data to answer questions like:
- Do schools apply SEL approaches consistently and with quality so students reap the benefits?
- What school characteristics tend to help or hinder implementation?
- Should RULER be tailored to different contexts (e.g., high need, well resourced, rural, urban)?
RELATE ValidationFunded by foundation grants, we observe and measure how teachers of students with special learning needs cultivate emotionally supportive learning environments. Using a mixed-methods approach, we constructed the RELATE Tool for Observation in Special Education. RELATE stands for Recognizing Excellence in Learning And TEaching. We’re using RELATE to study 100 classrooms that exclusively serve students with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Assessments of Emotional IntelligenceFiguring out the best ways to assess emotional intelligence at various ages is another Center goal. Assessing children and adults across the lifespan allows us to study changes in children’s emotional intelligence skills due to interventions like RULER.
“To see students using words and communicating effectively in adversarial situations where they once used physical aggression and verbal abuse confirms that RULER has had a profound effect on children’s ability to self-regulate.”
— Superintendent, District 75, New York
DownloadsImproving classroom quality with The RULER Approach to social and emotional learning: Proximal and distal outcomes
Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning
How RULER Improves Classroom Culture
Enhancing academic performance and social and emotional competence with the RULER feeling words curriculum
The Interaction Effects of Program Training, Dosage, and Implementation Quality on Targeted Student Outcomes for The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning