Conducting, supporting, and disseminating EQ research

Six Seconds’ approach to emotional intelligence and the process of social emotional learning is grounded in practitioner research.  Here are three resources to learn more about the research and science in our work:


Action ResearchSix Seconds is committed to supporting research in social emotional learning

We do this by:

1)  Providing consultation to EQ and SEL researchers, including doctoral and masters students, university faculty, and action researchers in schools throughout the world, who are interested in the Six Seconds model and assessment measures.

2)  Providing an opportunity and a space for researchers and practitioners to share their work, inspiring and connecting with others.

  • Webinars
  • Articles and Blog Posts
  • Peer to Peer conferences

3) Providing subsidies for researchers who wish to use Six Seconds’ approach and tools through our Grants program.


Recent articles on Research in EQ & Education…

Adventure + EQ = Learning for Youth (updated for 2017)

By: Rachel Goodman on June 4, 2017 | 2 comments
Can adventure programs use EQ to transform the lives of struggling youth? Many outdoor education or wilderness therapy programs claim to bring about lasting change, but what metrics are they using to evaluate it?  In South Africa, a wilderness gap year program uses Six Seconds' SEI assessment to measure improvements in emotional intelligence, with some real results. One key is collaboration and the other is the personal approach. And third, is the rich natural beauty of the setting where the…


Improving School Leaders’ Effectiveness Through EQ

By: Lorea Martinez on May 25, 2017 | 0 comments
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YES!-Saving Lives One Breath at a Time

By: Rachel Goodman on December 12, 2016 | 0 comments
Can Meditation Prevent Suicide? It’s no secret that high school has become a lot more stressful than it used to be, from high stakes testing to social stress. In two high schools in the heart of Silicon Valley since 2009, there have been 12 suicides. This has prompted some serious soul searching by parents, school counselors, students and administrators, and major changes in the way these schools educate students. Much of the change has been driven by students themselves.  …


Studying EQ in a Rural Appalachian Highschool

By: Dr. Susan Stillman on June 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Can a 10-week EQ Course change the Emotional Intelligence scores of students in a rural Appalachian high school class? Eastern Kentucky is comprised of tiny towns tucked into valleys between the steep Appalachian Mountains in the heart of coal country. The region has some of the highest drop-out rates in the nation, as well as a high proportion of families living in deep poverty. Children grow up aware of media stereotypes depicting them as uneducated “hillbillies”. Despite these challenges, there…


Middle School Climate & Learning – New Research at AERA

By: Dr. Susan Stillman on April 14, 2016 | 2 comments

What are young teens telling us about their experience in schools? Please click here for a recording of our School Climate in Middle School webinar.   How many people remember middle school as a time of carefree fun and learning? New research sheds light on the difficult challenges of middle school. It's a tough place for most students to learn and outcomes are impacted greatly by school climate. Six Seconds describes school climate as an overview of all community members’…


State of the Heart 2016

By: Six Seconds on April 4, 2016 | 4 comments
What's happening with emotional intelligence in the world? The State of the Heart provides new data on emotional intelligence from 100,000 people in 126 countries reveals important trends for everyone interested in EQ and wellbeing. Here's a summary, and a form to get the full report free.   Are We Losing Emotional Intelligence? One finding from the study: Scores on Total EQ (emotional intelligence) continue to decline globally. Since the 2014 State of the Heart, the biggest losses are in the competencies of…


The Case for Social Emotional Learning

By: Joshua Freedman on March 5, 2016 | 3 comments
What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter in education? What does current research say about "social emotional learning"? In simple terms, emotional intelligence (sometimes called "EQ") is the ability to use emotions effectively and productively. Since the publication of the initial research in 1990, innovative schools and educational organizations have begun integrating emotional intelligence into their educational programs through a process of "social emotional learning" (or SEL). It is becoming increasingly clear that an emphasis on teaching and modeling…


School Counselors Embrace Social Emotional Learning

By: Six Seconds on August 3, 2015 | 0 comments
Dr. Susan Stillman, Director of Education for Six Seconds, explores how data is influencing thinking on social emotional learning in education. Here is her latest article in the Arizona School Counselors Association newsletter. Ilaria Boffia, Six Seconds' Program Manager in Education contributed to the interviews for this piece:School Counselors Use Data to Tune into the Emotional Drivers of LearningSocial emotional learning is recognized as a critical process for enhancing students’ academics, behavior, health, relationship quality and future success. Not only…


EQ and School Climate

By: Dr. Susan Stillman on October 2, 2013 | 4 comments
What did it feel like to walk down the halls at your school when you were a kid? Was it safe, welcoming, inclusive? What's it like for your children? Do they feel physically and emotionally safe? As a teacher, what's it like to go to work? How do the adults at the school treat each other? As a parent, how accepted and valued do you feel?  Over the past two decades, educators and parents have come to understand that school…


Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in East Palo Alto, California

By: Six Seconds on September 27, 2013 | 3 comments
What happens when Social Emotional Learning is linked to educational standards?  How does SEL work in a high-performing public charter school?  Lorea Martinez conducted research at East Palo Alto Charter School, with support from the Six Seconds' EQ Grant Program.   It's our job... you care enough about these kids, you want them to be the amazing people that they can be, and they all have so much potential. They can learn and they can feel comfortable with themselves. (SEL)…


Developing EQ Smart School Counselors: A Case Study

By: Dr. Susan Stillman on March 13, 2012 | 12 comments
“The EQ competencies really helped me to look deeper not only at myself but it helped me to look deeper into all aspects of my life and work” (School Counseling Graduate Student intern)   Last spring, two counselors educators completed a pilot case study of school counseling interns in their last semester of graduate school. The purpose of the study was  to explore the impact of supplementing the traditional school counseling curriculum with social emotional learning lessons using the Six…


EQ for Technology Teachers

By: Six Seconds on February 17, 2012 | 0 comments
It's fairly easy to see how emotional intelligence relates to teaching literature or drama, but do EQ skills have any role in technology? Drs. Susan Stillman & Barbara Fatum have a new article in TechEdge -- the Texas Computer Education Association Journal (this association is the largest of its kind in the US). Technology, Healthy Classrooms and Emotional Intelligence describes current research on EQ and Social Emotional Learning, and provides eight practical action steps for technology teachers to improve instruction…


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