A Systemic Approach to SEL

Along with PBIS in support of our students and staff, ACPS has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to adopt a division-wide approach to supporting students and staff with growing our emotional intelligence. RULER is a systemic approach to SEL and is utilized to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the culture of every school in the division. RULER is an acronym for the five skills of emotional intelligence that include: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating. The development of these five RULER skills relies on four core tools: The Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. These skills and tools are introduced to all stakeholders in the school community—school leaders, teachers, staff, students, and families and are designed to inform how leaders lead, teachers teach, students learn, and families support students.