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Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too

There are many examples of individual schools in the United States, the UK and even in Australia, that deliver emotional intelligence curriculum to students simply because they have been fortunate enough to have the human and financial resources (and sometimes support from a University). This video example (is a) reminder of how and why a school uses emotional literacy to improve educational outcomes and the school environment. Read full article

Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast

Yvette Vignando is interviewed on ABC 702 Radio Sydney by Sarah MacDonald about why Australia needs Emotional Intelligence in the national school curriculum. What is Emotional Intelligence? How can Emotional Intelligence be taught in school? What is the academic benefit of social and emotional learning? Read full article

Open Letter to Australian Prime Minister -Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools

An open letter via video from parent of three boys, emotional intelligence expert and parenting publisher Yvette Vignando – asking for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Education Peter Garrett to take action on including a quality social and emotional learning program in the Australian National Curriculum. Read full article

Parents – It’s Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. And his mantra to his students is “learn to fail, or fail to learn.” This can be applied to parenting too. Letting our children experience minor failures, without rushing in to save them, helps them learn key skills that are essential to deal with the inevitable disappointments of everyday life. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence – What is it and Why Does it Matter?

Academics and practitioners debate with each other and write whole doctorate theses about the ‘right’ definition of Emotional Intelligence. When children are being taught Emotional Intelligence skills, this process is usually called Social and Emotional Learning or ‘SEL’. This article is a concise introduction to the meaning of the term ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

Interview – Professor Jonathan Cohen – Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success – Part 1

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children’s social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article

How to Motivate Your Child

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to motivate a teenager to do something that is clearly not as interesting to them as the latest computer game or iTunes download or Stephanie Meyer book? Allison Tait interviews Professor Martin from the University of Sydney about his tips for motivating your child. Read full article

What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.

Optimism describes a habit of thinking. A child who thinks that bad events are caused by temporary things (such as their mood) and that good events are caused by permanent things (such as being someone who always works hard) has an optimistic way of thinking. In his brilliant book, The Optimistic Child, Dr Martin Seligman gives several examples of this way of thinking. Read full article