“I have learned how to control my feelings better. RULER has helped me to think more positive things in life. It has made me a kinder person.” Elementary student

Partnership Overview

The Bridgeport Public Schools Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative was launched in 2013 to build the social and emotional skills of Bridgeport Public Schools administrators, teachers, staff, students, and their families. They seek to sustain the results they have achieved over the past five years, expand the number of partners carrying out this work, and continue to enhance the SEL work, including RULER and Restorative Practices, within the District and the community at-large.

Specifically, the Initiative aims to:

1. Promote learning, healthy interpersonal relationships and sound decision-making;

2. Foster safe, supportive, and respectful classrooms and schools;

3. Utilize measures relevant to these goals that can be used to measure progress, gauge impact, and guide improvements; and

4. Create a model for school improvement that actively engages all stakeholders.

Partners include: Bridgeport Public Schools, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition at LifeBridge Community Services, Optimus Healthcare, Parent Leadership Training Institute, Southwest Community Health Center, The Consultation Center at Yale, and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Click here to read the Partnership’s most recent community update.

Bridgeport Public Schools: At a Glance

Grades served: Pre-K through 12

Number of total students served in grades Pre-K-12: 21,045

Geographic area: Bridgeport-wide

Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced lunch: 100%

Tauck Family Foundation Investment


In 2013-2018, Tauck Family Foundation's investments in the partnership between Yale University and the Bridgeport Public Schools included:


1. Annual targeted operating support to partnership members for RULER and Restorative Practices training and implementation throughout the Bridgeport Public Schools.


2. Capacity building support to the partnership, in the following areas:

  • Strategy, program design and implementation consultation;
  • Data collection, analysis, and use for continuous improvement purposes;
  • Funding for a full-time SEL Coordinator; and
  • Other resources and materials to support SEL-related activities throughout the district.