Program Snapshot from Wallace Foundation
RULER (Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions) is a PreK-12 approach to social and emotional learning that builds emotional intelligence in students and adults and prepares adults to model these skills and create a supportive and healthy emotional climate for students. RULER has been developed for early childhood (PreK), lower elementary (Grades K-2), upper elementary (Grades 3-5), middle school (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12). During the first year of implementation in elementary schools, adults and students learn and use the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence, four tools designed to establish classroom norms for how students want to feel and be treated, build intra and interpersonal emotional awareness, assist self-regulation, and promote empathy and perspective-taking during and after conflict. These tools are taught over the course of 16 lessons and integrated into regular practice. In the second year of implementation, students take part in the Feeling Words Curriculum, which includes 16 units each focused on a different feeling word. Each unit contains five 10-15-minute lessons to be delivered over the course of two weeks that help students learn the word through storytelling about a personal experience, connect the feeling word to academic content, teach the skill to adults at home, use the feeling word in a visual or performing arts activity, and discuss how to effectively regulate the feeling. Developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Recognizing emotions in self and others, understanding the causes and consequences of emotions, labeling emotions accurately, expressing emotions appropriately, and regulating emotions effectively