New Social, Emotional Course to Support CT School Staff

Daniela Doncel
August 14, 2020 - 5:10 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Connecticut school educators are being offered a new social and emotional learning (SEL) course to help manage stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence developed the course "Social and Emotional Learning in Times of Uncertainty and Stress: Research-Based Strategies." It is being offered to any Pre-K, K-12 school staff member for free thanks to a Dalio Education Initiatives sponsorship.

The 10-hour online course offers emotion management skills and strategies for educators and for their students.

Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Marc Brackett, said, “Research shows that where there is an emotionally skilled adult present, students focus more, disrupt less and perform better academically."

Along with Dalio Education, other Connecticut organizations collaborated in the development of the program including the Connecticut State Department of Education, American Federation of Teachers Connecticut, Connecticut Education Association and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

Governor Ned Lamont said,  "This course, developed by some of the best in the field of SEL, is a great opportunity for educators and staff to add to the knowledge, skills and strategies they will need to reengage all students this fall.”