Supported by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Edward Murphy students and staff are implementing the #WeCare approach by using the RULER by Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and the 4 Pillars (strategies to self-regulation). They created a culture within the school that promotes emotional intelligence to cater to our 21st-century learners. This helps everyone think critically, self-regulate emotions independently to better focus on academics. #WeCare was initially a Masters thesis project by Elizabeth Triassi that became a school-wide climate shift being lead by Cristina Celzi (principal) and Marie-lynn Lebel (teaching assistant) along with all the dedicated and hard-working staff members. The The #WeCare approach was presented at the 1st annual School Based Mental Health Conference -2017. 

Because communication is key, Edward Murphy created a culture in the school that encourages social emotional learning skills collaboratively by building empathy through program implementation, day-to-day interaction, classroom management, crisis intervention, communication with parents to foster intellectual and emotional growth. The students and staff at Edward Murphy practice skills by recognizing emotions in self and others, understanding the causes and consequences of emotions, labelling emotions accurately, expressing emotions appropriately and regulating emotions effectively.

Edward Murphy has an interactive sensory room called the Harmony room. It is a harmonious environment that reflects the school’s culture while using interactive digital media and other materials to learn self-regulation. Children practice self-regulation skills within the room and everywhere else in the school to help them deal with everyday situations and prepare them to proactively cope life’s challenges. 

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