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Courses Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress


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In partnership with Coursera, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has recently launched a free online course to help school staff better manage their emotions and create supportive learning environments for students. This 10-hour course entitled Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress focuses on strategies for dealing with uncertainty, stress, and other emotions relevant to the current times, as well as on strategies for helping students to manage their emotions. The course is a ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) delivered on MOOC platform Coursera, and anyone can enrol for free via the internet.

Participants in this course begin by learning about why social and emotional learning is an important component of education. Then, they explore how to identify and manage emotions, including how to support others with their emotions in scientific and culturally responsive ways. Participants complete "Weekly Action Plans" to build a comprehensive and personalized guide for lasting change.

Course Sequence
  1. Introduction to SEL and Why Emotions Matter
  2. Identifying Our Emotions
  3. Managing Our Own Emotions with Action Strategies
  4. Managing Emotions by Shifting How We Think
  5. Becoming a Culturally Responsive Emotion Scientist
  6. Identifying Others' Emotions
  7. Helping Others Manage Emotions
  8. Making a Commitment to Lasting Change
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"Research shows that where there is an emotionally skilled adult present, students focus more, disrupt less, and perform better academically. These adults also have lower levels of stress and burnout, fewer intentions to leave the profession, greater job satisfaction, and more engaging classrooms." - Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence commented,

"We are living at a time with no modern precedent: we are in the midst of a health pandemic, an economic recession, and a long overdue reckoning with racism. People are scared, frustrated, and anxious. We need to be able to manage the compounded stress and trauma everyone is experiencing, and this course is a tool to do that. The more we can equip our teachers to handle what we’re inevitably going to see in the classroom—in person or remotely—the more we will be able to manage our way through these global crises." - Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers