Declaration for Emotional Literacy

#1Million2Feel

“We, the undersigned, believe that Emotional Literacy is a basic human right and an essential life-skill that must be a core part of every child’s education.”

The declaration is to be presented to School Principals, School Districts, and Governmental Institutions to demand that Emotional Literacy be taught in our schools.

What happens when Emotional Literacy is taught in schools is amazing.

I have worked in hundreds of schools across the country and can see the clear and distinct differences with schools that have emotional literacy as part of the curriculum and culture and those that don’t. Schools that lack emotional literacy components have more bullying, fights, suspensions, and stressed out kids and staff.

Schools with emotional literacy have a peaceful school culture in which both the students and teachers have the tools to understand and express their emotions, creatively problem solve (non-violently) and most of all ENJOY coming to school each day.

The simple act of implementing a few minutes of mindfulness/meditation in to class along with personal check-ins on feelings, can change the entire day and school year.

Emotional literacy is a crucial component to violence free schools, both physically and emotionally. It is the key to a peaceful world.

The solution exists.

Let’s give our youth the safe and inclusive world they deserve.

Tisha Marina Bernard, M.A.

Bully Prevention/Emotional Wellness Specialist

Cherilyn Leet, Six Seconds

Assistant Director of Education

After integrating emotional intelligence skills like emotional literacy into my classroom, my students learned to respond, rather than to react, to the situations around them. Improving their emotional granularity also led to academic gains, especially higher reading comprehension scores due to more nuanced understanding of fictional and historical characters’ feelings.

Even my students with behavioral and learning challenges began to blossom and, by the end of the school year, they could identify their moods and harness their emotions to surpass their goals!

Parents would report dramatic growth in their children’s ability to articulate feelings and the resulting benefits on their relationships and achievements outside of school. If our goal is to nurture lifelong learners, then emotional literacy is not an academic luxury–it’s a social imperative.

After integrating emotional intelligence skills like emotional literacy into my classroom, my students learned to respond, rather than to react, to the situations around them. Improving their emotional granularity also led to academic gains, especially higher reading comprehension scores due to more nuanced understanding of fictional and historical characters’ feelings.

Even my students with behavioral and learning challenges began to blossom and, by the end of the school year, they could identify their moods and harness their emotions to surpass their goals!

Parents would report dramatic growth in their children’s ability to articulate feelings and the resulting benefits on their relationships and achievements outside of school. If our goal is to nurture lifelong learners, then emotional literacy is not an academic luxury–it’s a social imperative.

Cherilyn Leet, Six Seconds

Assistant Director of Education