Emotion Revolution Summitt

Twelve Trumbull High peer leaders were among the approximately 200 high school and college students from around the country who attended the Emotion Revolution Summit at Yale on Saturday, Oct. 24. Among experts in the field of education and social-emotional learning, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germonatta, presented and discussed the importance of emotional intelligence, and developing the ability to identify and respond to one’s feelings. Gaga and Germonatta’s organization, the Born This Way Foundation, have partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to survey 22,000 high school students across the country about their emotional wellbeing. The results of the survey revealed, among other findings, that high-school students felt bored 70 percent of the time and stressed 80 percent of the time. The Center’s research dates back to the 1990s when current Yale University President, Peter Salovey, defined the term Emotional Intelligence which was further popularized by his colleague, Daniel Goleman's, best-selling book. Both organizations advocate that schools teach emotional intelligence so that students can successfully identify and react positively to feelings (including rejection) which in turn, improve attention, memory, learning, decision making. Pictured, students interacted with an exhibit sponsored by Facebook.