Small twins playing with building blocks on the floor of class.
Photograph courtesy of the Education Collaboratory at Yale
Partner Spotlight

The Education Collaboratory at Yale

The Problem

  • Along with families and communities, schools play a critical role in supporting youth’s social and emotional development. More than 20 years of research show that social and emotional learning helps students achieve more academically and make better decisions.66
  • Yet many educators don’t have the training and tools to help students develop social and emotional skills. In addition, schools lack reliable ways to track the impact of social and emotional learning on school climate and student well-being — especially for historically underserved students.

CZI Support

The Education Collaboratory at Yale developed tools to research, assess and uncover a more comprehensive picture of the emotional health of a school, and the impact of emotional intelligence on motivation and learning — while using data to inform development and decision-making in a school. CZI also supported its research division to understand the use of these tools and develop implementation guidance for other school systems to utilize.

The Education Collaboratory partners with Trajectory of Hope and Urban Assembly to adopt social and emotional learning interventions, implement accompanying assessment tools and ensure that practices promote equity.

The Impact

The Education Collaboratory developed an integrated suite of assessment tools to measure the emotional health of a school — including how the school measures emotional self-awareness, assesses emotional skills in children and adults, and gauges the social and emotional climate of classrooms and schools. These assessments are important to helping schools create environments that support the whole child. These scientifically validated tools have been used in more than 70 schools and have reached 33,000 students.67 They include:

  • School Climate Walkthrough, a web-based assessment tool grounded in students’ daily experiences — measures nine domains of school climate, including safety, relationships, teaching quality and respect for diversity.
  • Momentary Emotion Assessment, which tracks how students feel and how they respond to their emotions at school.
  • Student Emotion Regulation Assessment, which measures how students use emotional regulation strategies so that teachers can better support them.
  • Suite of Adult Well-being Assessments (including The Core Relational Themes of Emotion Test and Meso-Expression Test), which help adults understand and improve their emotional intelligence.




The mission of the Education Collaboratory at Yale is to advance the science and practice of social and emotional learning . Through intentional collaboration with students, educators, leaders and organizations, the Education Collaboratory investigates, inspires and addresses open questions in the who, what and how of inclusive and equitable social and emotional learning.

Our work to help schools and communities define and measure what’s important to them has resulted in innovations in what school's measure and how they measure it. It brings critical nuance to student and school profiles that extends far beyond traditional academic indicators or competency scores, and is supporting educators and leaders to see students as they are rather than who we may imagine them to be.

Chris Cipriano, Ph.D.