A History of Leadership in Social Emotional Learning

Self-Science_cover_imageEstablished in 1997, Six Seconds is a world leader in emotional intelligence with offices and representatives in over 25 countries.

A pioneer in social emotional learning, Six Seconds’ education programs are enhanced by a transformational learning approach, scientifically validated EQ measures for youth adults, and school climate, several curricula targeted to Six Seconds EQ competencies, and a growing lessons database. Certification programs and resources are available for administrators, teachers, staff, school counselors and support personnel and all school and community leaders.

For a more in-depth history of science of emotional intelligence, see this interview with Daniel Goleman.

In 1967, our founder, Karen McCown, created a remarkable school, Nueva, which was founded to blend academic and emotional development. 

In 1978, Karen first published Self-Science, the landmark SEL methodology, after 11 years of experimentation.

In 1983, Anabel Jensen, Six Seconds’ President, became the Head of School, and together they refined the Self-Science methodology — and won two Federal Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in education.

In 1992, Daniel Goleman came to see the Self-Science process. He was researching to create a book on emotional intelligence.

time-magazine-EQIn 1995 Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, was published. It quickly became and international bestseller.  He wrote about Self-Science, our pioneering approach to social emotional learning as one of two models for teaching EQ:

“Self-Science is a pioneer, an early harbinger of an idea that is spreading to schools coast to coast…. A list of the contents of Self-Science is an almost point-for-point match with the ingredients of emotional intelligence — and with the core skills recommended as primary prevention for the range of pitfalls threatening children…. Were he alive today, Aristotle, so concerned with emotional skillfulness, might well approve.”

Goleman also calls the Self-Science process “a model for the teaching of emotional intelligence.” 

In 1997, Karen and Anabel, along with Joshua Freedman and Marsha Rideout, founded Six Seconds to spread these concepts.

In 1998, we held our first certification training to teach people how to use this methodology.

In 2005, the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI) was published.

In 2009, after a pilot process, the team created Synapse as a  lab school to showcase the effect of a fully developed emotional intelligence program integrated with a robust, constructivist education program.




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