RULER: Promoting Social-Emotional Literacy


RULER is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence.  In order to manage one's emotions to successfully negotiate life experiences, whether at school, work or home, RULER promotes:

  • Recognizing
  • Understanding
  • Labeling
  • Expressing
  • Regulating

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence are evidence-based tools designed to enhance the emotional intelligence of school leaders, teachers and staff, and students and their families.

RULER includes four primary tools: (Click on each to learn more)

A team of school leaders attended a multi-day RULER training sessions and have in turn shared this training with the rest of their school staff.  Staff members then created Staff Charters before introducing the 4 RULER “anchor tools” in order to promote system-wide emotional literacy training.  Our belief is that teachers and administrators cannot train students to manage their feelings and emotions if they have not first practiced these skills themselves.

Family Resources Links:

Yale Center Emotions Matter 

Anchor Tools Overview Handout 

Parent Tip Sheet

How to Practice RULER at Home


Watch this short video from Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence: