Tuesday in Westport: "Permission to Feel" Author Speaks at MoCA

As momentum builds around the value of Emotional Intelligence, one man is actively seeking to leverage that understanding to help students and parents across the nation. Marc Brackett, the founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will be at MoCA Westport on Tuesday Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. to talk about the remarkably effective plan he has developed to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, success and well-being.

As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He is the lead developer of a program called RULER, which is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that is being adopted in over 2,000 schools, influencing kids from Pre-K to High School. RULER has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement, and is currently being implemented in Westport Public Schools as well as in The Academy @ MoCA Westport.

One of the pillars of Brackett's approach is the necessary collaboration that comes from parents, students, teachers, and leaders prioritizing emotion in their conversations and behaviors. In his new book, Permission To Feel, he points a finger at the crisis children face in school today, and what we can all do about it to provide them a vibrant and successful path. His book is equal parts rigor, science, passion, and inspiration - drawing from decades of experiences including his own.

'An evening with Marc Brackett' is a ticketed event, with doors opening at 7 p.m. To reserve your seat to this eye opening talk, with the opportunity to meet and talk with Marc personally, visit mocawestport.org.

Brackett's book, Permission to Feel, is also available in the MoCA Westport Gift Shop now.

MoCA is located at 19 Newtown Turnpike in Westport, Conn.

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