Creating Connection in Higher Education

Creating Connection in Higher Education

Higher Education environments can be stressful and isolating for students, faculty, staff, and administration. What would it take to change that? What if we could design environments within higher education that supported the values of inclusion, collaboration, and resilience?

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Studying EQ in a Rural Appalachian Highschool

Studying EQ in a Rural Appalachian Highschool

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 […]

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Inspiring Passion and Action Among Students, Parents, and Educators

Inspiring Passion and Action Among Students, Parents, and Educators

“My school feels like a jail…I am not allowed to wear my sweatshirt, use the restroom during class, or use a backpack to carry my books around to eliminate my chances of being late.” All too often, these are the thoughts and feelings of students today. The student continued: “Between the other kids judging me […]

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Bullying Prevention: EQ Tips for Educators

Bullying Prevention: EQ Tips for Educators

Bullying is the most frequent form of school violence. One-quarter of all students experience hurtful interactions with peers on a monthly or daily basis. How should educators respond? Schools will be most successful when they implement a complete approach to bullying prevention – and the skills of emotional intelligence are invaluable to do so. Prevention is […]

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Increasing Vitality with Social Emotional Learning

Increasing Vitality with Social Emotional Learning

A growing body of research shows that youth who learn social emotional skills have better grades, happiness, and life success. Google “social emotional learning” and you’ll get 20,400,000 results in .36 seconds. With all that data, where to begin?  What’s the most useful information for understanding the impact of social emotional learning (SEL) and learning […]

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The gift of gratitude

The gift of gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving in the US and the traditional start of the Holiday season. For me, it’s a time to intentionally reflect on gratitude for my family, friends, and my incredibly dear colleagues around the world who are engaged in such important work in spreading EQ and social emotional learning and living it in the process. […]

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Recap: Graduating EQ–Strategies for EQ in Higher Ed webinar

Recap: Graduating EQ–Strategies for EQ in Higher Ed webinar

More students leave college or university because of disillusionment, discouragement, or reduced motivation than leave due to low ability or dismissal by school administration (Clifton & Anderson, 2001).     Higher Education has changed dramatically since I went to college. Extraordinary diversity abounds. Part time and online learning is the norm. Technology has forever altered […]

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ISEL: A great place to learn

ISEL: A great place to learn

For many teachers, the best part of winter is a “SNOW DAY.” If you don’t have snow days where you teach or live, you might now know that a “snow day” is when school’s cancelled due to, well, too much snow. We’ve had a lot of snow days this winter in certain areas of the […]

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