Emotional Intelligence Expert Presentation Hosted By CSA, ELI
On Sept. 16, CSA and the Executive Leadership Institute hosted a presentation from Dr. Marc Brackett, a social-emotional learning expert and author of the new book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive.
“I think we underestimate how important emotional intelligence is for school leaders,” he said after his 90-minute presentation at the High School of Fashion Industries. “Their skills in recognizing emotions and regulating emotions drive the culture and climate of their schools. Those skills drive how teachers feel in their schools. Our research shows that emotional intelligence skills among school administrators is connected to teacher stress, burnout, and their ability to find purpose and meaning in their work.”
Dr. Brackett is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the lead developer of the RULER approach, which has been adopted by over 3,000 schools throughout the nation. Each letter in the acronym stands for an emotional intelligence skill, those associated with recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion.
Throughout his talk, Dr. Brackett stressed the need to teach cognitive strategies to help children manage their emotions effectively and urged educators to develop those same strategies for themselves. “It’s not about self-regulation but co-regulation,” he argued, “which means supporting others as well as yourself.”
He shared how anxiety and bullying throughout his youth impacted his ability to pay attention and prevented him from learning. He challenged the audience to reflect on what they learned about emotions from their family and examine whether they were an “emotion scientist” who remains curious about feelings or an “emotion judge” who consistently pushes feelings away.
He warned that “just talking about feelings on Thursdays at 3pm will not work” and encouraged school leaders to establish policies and structures that help staff and students understand the role of emotions in learning, give them permission to express their true feelings, and help them monitor and reduce negative self-talk.
This month, CSA will distribute complimentary copies of Permission To Feel to all in-service principals.
“Our goal is to bring RULER to all schools across the five boroughs,” Dr. Brackett said. “We want to make New York City the first emotionally intelligent city, the first emotionally intelligent education system. So our center is ready, willing and able to collaborate with every principal across every school.”