School Climate


The Commission on Women, Children and Seniors has teamed up with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Born This Way Foundation on a nationwide initiative called The Emotion Revolution, which is intended to raise awareness of the role emotions play in young people’s learning and overall wellness.

The initiative began with an online survey of high-schoolers nationwide, at The data will reveal how young people feel, how they want to feel and how to bridge the gap between the two.

The goal is to create a dramatic shift in how the nation addresses emotions as part of students’ educational experiences. Through Schools, Lady Gaga followers, Facebook, other social media providers, and outreach by like-minded, youth-serving organizations, high school students across the country are being asked to take an online survey.

The results of the survey will reveal the current “emotional temperature” in our nation’s high schools and the possible causes and consequences of students’ positive and negative experiences. The survey data will also be used to create the first National Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Charter—a mission statement developed by the nation’s youth that describes their hopes for creating kinder, braver, and more effective schools.

The results are in and will be revealed on October, 24th at the inaugural Emotion Revolution Summit. Learn more about the Summit here.

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Connecticut’s Anti-Bullying Law

On July 13, 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying laws. This legislation takes comprehensive steps to ensure every child’s right to learn in Connecticut public schools without fear of teasing, humiliation, or assault.


Unfortunately, as a small policy and research agency, the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors does not have the staff or resources to investigate individual bullying complaints. We suggest you first bring incidents to the attention of your local school or local board of education. You may also contact the state Department of Education. You’ll find contact information, along with additional information and resources, here.

For more information about the Commission’s collaboration with The Emotion Revolution please email Steve at