NCTE Presents - A Conversation with Marc Brackett - National Council of Teachers of English

Thursday, September 17, 2020
8:00 p.m. ET



Fear, anger, sadness, and joy are emotions that we feel during various stages of our lives. As educators go back into their classrooms this fall, whether physically or virtually, being susceptible to a wide range of emotions is inevitable. NCTE will join in conversation with Marc Brackett, Yale professor and author of Permission to Feel on Thursday, September 17 to explore the ways in which we can understand our emotions and work through them to live healthier lives. With over 20 years of research on emotional intelligence in learning, relationships, and performance this book highlights the RULER system which proves helpful in stress reduction as well as academic achievement in children.

Dr. Brackett will be interviewed by NCTE member and former President Carol Jago. Read Jago’s related blog post, “Feelings First.”



 is the author of Permission to Feel and the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Brackett has published 125 scholarly articles on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than two thousand schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries. Brackett has received numerous awards and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Brackett also consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design.

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CAROL JAGO has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and has published many books with Heinemann, including The Book in Question: Why and How Reading Is in Crisis.