In 2016-17, the RULER program was introduced into the curriculum at Lafayette Elementary. RULER is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. The RULER Approach is a research-based program designed to facilitate emotional literacy in school communities.
In order to manage one’s emotions to successfully negotiate life experiences, whether at school, work or home, RULER promotes:
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:
Introduced at Lafayette 2016-17, each class has created and posted a Class Charter which reflects how students want to feel in the classroom and the specific actions that allow all students to feel the way they want.
Sample Classroom Charters
Introduced at Lafayette 2016-17, each classroom also has a mood meter which is a selfawareness tool to help teachers and students identify and accurately label feelings to in order to regulate emotions. The meter charts emotions based on a pleasantness scale and an energy scale. RED = low pleasantness, high energy. YELLOW = high pleasantness, high energy. GREEN = low energy, high pleasantness. BLUE = low energy, low pleasantness.
The Charter and Mood Meter are tools used and referenced throughout the day to help students navigate their emotions.
Introduced in some Lafayette Classrooms in 2017-2018, all classrooms by the end of 2017-18 School Year. The Meta-Moment is a set of steps for reacting appropriately and productively when triggered. A positive outcome is dependent on visualizing and internalizing qualities of your Best Self.
To be introduced at Lafayette 2017-18. The Blueprint is a problem solving tools that emphasizes perspective-taking, reflecting, solving the problem in real time, and planning for the next time the problem arises.
Visit the RULER website at Yale University. “The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.” A;er you create a user ID and password, you can browse the many resources and materials grouped by age groups and also by audience such as Families, Principals, Superintendents.
We THANK our Lafayette RULER Team for their hours of professional development training and all of our teachers for teaching these important life skills.