Yale Emotional Intelligence Center is looking for districts to let partner with them and study the use of an observational tool. See information below:

Yale RELATE Project
We are passionate about improving the quality of special education and hope to impact classrooms nationwide. The Yale Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project will study the teaching and learning in classrooms that serve youth with special education needs, with particular emphasis on students with ED and EBD diagnoses. Our goal is to validate a tool that assesses the types of interactions that take place in these classrooms We hope to identify the characteristics of special education settings that promote positive youth development.

What will the research involve?
We are seeking self-contained special education classrooms that primarily serve students with Emotional Behavioral Disability diagnoses. The research involves three recorded observations of classrooms for about 40 minutes each based on the teachers schedule and preference. One hand-held video camera will be set up in the back of the room and up to two researchers will silently take field notes. Additionally, educators will be asked to complete an online survey at the beginning and conclusion of the academic year.

How will the participating schools benefit?
What you get in return is a $200 gift card for each classroom as a thank you for participating in our research. Longer term benefits include the availability of the tool to assess the quality of teaching in special education classrooms, which may lead to the facilitation of more effective teaching practices.

What will happen to the data once it's collected?
In accordance with Yale University's Policies for the Protection of Human Subjects, data will remain confidential. No data will include the names of the school, teacher, paraprofessional, or students. Codes will replace all names and other personal Information so data will be identified by code alone, and teacher and student names can never be connected to individual data or entered into a database. The videos would only be viewed by our trained staff at Yale.

What consent procedures will be in place?
We describe the details of our research in letters home to parents including consent forms for their students. Teachers also will receive letters with consent information and will be able to contact the researchers with questions. Participation will be voluntary.

What if I still have more questions?
We are happy to make ourselves available to meet in-person with parents and teachers that participating schools/districts may host. We are also available by phone and email at your convenience:

  • Tia Barnes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 954-432-2368
  • Lisa Flynn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 415-225-2792
Thank you for your time and consideration!

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