This is the first time RULER training has been offered in Washington state! This WASA training is limited to 25 district teams of three.

Dates and Times
August 2 and 3, 2022
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Please bring a laptop or other device with Wi-Fi capability for use during the conference activities.


Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., author of Permission To Feel, is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on the role of emotions in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, wellbeing, performance, and organizational climate; the measurement of emotional intelligence; and the influence of emotional intelligence training on key life outcomes.

Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 3,000 public, charter, and independent pre-school through high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

About Ruler Institute

District-Wide Leadership
As social and emotional learning (SEL) becomes more central to the education process, districts have been wanting to learn best practices for embedding SEL systematically. Our professional development for district leaders starts with an interactive, two-day institute where district leaders can begin the work to support thoughtful and systemic SEL implementation. Superintendents, SEL directors, and other district-level administrators can expect to:

     • Understand the science of emotions
     • Learn the skills of emotional intelligence
     • Become familiar with RULER as a systemic, school- and district-wide approach to SEL
     • Learn from and brainstorm with like-minded district leaders about high-quality implementation of SEL for lasting results
     • Plan for SEL and RULER Implementation

For more information about RULER visit RULER — Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (ycei.org).


Target Audience
25 District Administrative Teams of three. 

Registration Rates

District Team Registration —$495
(The institute is limited to 25 teams of three)

Clock Hours
WA State Approved Clock Hours (11.0) 
The following meals are included in registration:
Tuesday Breakfast
Tuesday Lunch
Wednesday Breakfast
Wednesday Lunch
 *Tuesday evening dinner is on your own.

Permission to Feel
A copy of Dr. Marc Brackett’s Permission to Feel is included in registration. You will receive this book on August 2.


A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by June 1, 2022. 
No refunds after June 1, 2022.
No Show = No Refund.



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Des Moines, WA 98198


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Book your group rate for WASA - Ruler Training Conference Aug 2-3, 2022
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Group Rate: $149

COVID Protocols

The health and safety of everyone at our conference is of paramount importance to us. COVID protocols are changing quickly. WASA and Four Points Sheraton will follow appropriate standards on August 2, 2022. Below are our current guidelines. Updates will be shared with participants prior to the first day of the institute.
Health Attestation
We will ask everyone to complete a brief health attestation daily before entering the meeting space.
Masking or not is an individual choice if vaccinated. We encourage masking if unvaccinated.
Proximity to Others
We will be gathered in one ballroom with seven–eight people seated per round table. 



Please contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org with registration questions.
Contact Mike Nelson via email or at 253.508.0192 with questions about the program.

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