The grant will help our students learn strategies for regulating their emotions and help our district design interventions for kids who are struggling with that.
This year, our staff will get training on incorporating RULER into their everyday curriculum. Next year, we will start implementing it in classrooms district-wide.
The program is designed to train our staff so that even after the grant money is finished, we will be able to continue the same services with the strategies we have learned.
When it comes to emotions, RULER stands for:
According to Yale, schools that engage in RULER training and implementation experience:
- Positive shifts in school climate
- Enhanced academic performance
- Better quality relationships
- Less bullying and aggressive behavior
Purpose of the Program
- To help us to address non-academic barriers to learning through integrated support systems
- To develop school-based mental health programs for everyday emotional intelligence
- To build the capacity of our school counselors, social workers and psychologists
- To cultivate a partnership between schools, families and communities
How much is the grant worth?
- Professional development and infrastructure provided by State partners
- $275,000.00 each year for 5 years
What is the plan for Naugatuck?
- We will partner with Youth Services and Naugatuck’s Partnership for Children to continue to evaluate and address the needs of families and community.
- School counselors, social workers and psychologists will participate in professional development provided by State partners
- We will implement a family resource model with parent liaisons in each k-6 school using the STEP program
- We will create a welcome and resource center for families at central registration