Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee is the director of RULER for Families at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The YCEI conducts research and offers training to people of all ages in emotional intelligence, primarily through an approach called RULER, practiced in approximately 2,500 schools. Kathryn is committed to enhancing emotional understanding within families so they have a more nuanced and comprehensive view of each other and to the work of creating a shared language about emotions between school and home. Right now, she is excited about partnering directly with multicultural families in an urban setting, exploring their complexity together, opening to compassionate ways of responding to one another within their families, and co-designing resources to support greater wellbeing within their communities. She is also working with researchers to develop an educator wellbeing toolkit that helps build positive relationships between teachers and parents or other adult caregivers. Before her work at Yale, Kathryn was a K-8 education school leader who encouraged agency, empathy, leadership, and the importance of exercising her students’ citizenship muscles. Across her work, Kathryn has been committed to observing what exists and where the gaps might be, noting the interconnection between internal and external development, and trusting her direct experience as the ground for developing humane and meaningful projects. She has a B.A. in Human Development from the University of the Pacific and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College.