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Course Opens For Conn. Educators To Address Students’ Emotional Needs

Rick Bowmer

Connecticut has announced a free, online emotional learning course for all public school teachers. The course, offered through Yale, is funded by a public private partnership with Dalio Education.

Governor Ned Lamont hopes the course will help educators and support staff deal with stress and uncertainty in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That’s part of what we are trying to do right now is making sure that the teachers are equipped to do everything they can to deal with the entire kid, the full kid, the kid with all that complexity, to make sure they are the best that they can be,” Lamont said.

Marc Brakett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, said the course is designed to help teachers better understand their students’ emotional needs.

“There’s no correctness with this work,” Brakett said. “It’s about we, as teachers, being compassionate emotion scientists helping students explore what works best for them.”

Educators who participate in the 10-hour online course would get a certificate from Yale.

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