For the 2020-21 school year, Ottawa Elementary School District has implemented Yale’s RULER approach, which is a curriculum used to promote social and emotional learning among students.
One component of RULER is the Classroom Charter, which is centered around positive emotions students and teachers want to experience here at school and outlines prosocial behaviors and expectations required to create a positive learning environment.
Instead of naming students of the month this year, teachers will nominate a student (in-person or remote) from each class to be the Champion of the Charter. A Champion of the Charter is a student who consistently upholds their Classroom Charter values, while displaying personal social and emotional growth.
Jefferson Elementary School in Ottawa named its Champions of the Charter students for September: Jack Perez, Adriana Gama, Phoenix Hansen, Emmett Harden, Juan Diego Martinez, Sariah Richards, Grace Rodgers, Anakin Kimes, Noah Sanchez, Nevaeh Farrell, Emersen Buck, Ariel Hill, Madeline McCambridge, Axel Gutierrez, Easton Bragg, Everett Laury, Daisy Rabadan and Nevaeh Farrell.
RULER is an acronym that represents the five skills of emotional intelligence: recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing and regulating emotions. Research has found that students who exhibit a high level of emotional intelligence are able to make more responsible decisions, establish positive peer relationships, and perform better in school, according to a news release for Ottawa Elementary.