Yale Emotional Literacy (EL) Program

Dear Parent/Guardian,
We are proud to share with you information about an exciting partnership between the Catholic Schools of Brooklyn and Queens and Yale University to enhance our schools and learning community using Emotional Literacy (EL) programs.
The goals of the partnership are to provide:

  • Our students, teachers, and administrators with skills and lifelong tools for personal and professional success
  • A model for other dioceses and districts who want improve their school environments and the social and emotional skills of their students, teachers, and administrators

Our partnership is supported financially by the William T. Grant Foundation* and includes the initial implementation and evaluation of the EL programs in 5th and 6th grade English language arts classrooms across the Diocese in a four-year roll-out cycle. We are now in our third year and include grades 5-8.  Next year we will roll it out into the rest of the grades.
What are the EL programs?
The EL programs:

  • Are based on scientific research with students and teachers showing that:
  • Social and emotional skills are associated with academic achievement, job performance, coping skills, well-being, and lifetime success in personal and professional relationships
  • Are implemented into English-Language Arts classes and connect directly to existing curricula
  • Provide comprehensive training and support for teachers and administrators
  • Have been implemented and evaluated in schools in several countries

Students who have participated in the EL programs:

  • Demonstrate better writing skills
  • Feel more comfortable expressing themselves
  • Have a better understanding of their peers and family members
  • Are more effective in their interactions inside and outside the classroom

What does evaluation of the EL programs mean for your child?
One important part of the EL programs is to look at how well they are working in our classrooms. As a student at a school within the Diocese of Brooklyn, your child will be asked to:

  • Complete two brief surveys about his/her experiences in the classroom
    • Your child's name will not appear on the surveys, and your child's responses will be completely confidential. If there are any questions your child does not want to answer, your child is free to skip those questions or stop completing the survey. These surveys are approved by both the Diocese and Yale University.
  • Participate in class while the learning activities in the English-Language Arts classes are videotaped
    • Because your child is in the class, we want to let you know that your child may appear on a video. No one, other than the Yale researchers, will have access to the videos that may be made of your child's classroom.

Information about an individual child will never be published or shared with the Diocese, our school, the students, or their parents or families. The surveys completed by your child and the information gathered from the videos by Yale's research team will be grouped with other student's data, analyzed, and may be published in summary form only. No identifying information will be part of such a summary.

Allowing your child to complete the surveys and possibly appear on the video of the classroom is voluntary.

If you have any questions about our school's participation, please feel free to contact me.
Maureen E. Rooney, Principal

*The William T. Grant Foundation is a private organization whose mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people