Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Professor in the Yale Child Study Center
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate.
Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 public, charter, and private pre-school through high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices. Marc is the author of Permission to Feel (Celadon/Macmillan), which was released in September of 2019.
Marc regularly consults with large companies on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design. He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems for emotional intelligence. With Facebook, Marc has developed a number of products, including: social resolution tools to help adults and youth resolve online conflict; a bullying prevention hub to support educators, families, and teens; and InspirED, an open-source resource center to support high school students in leading positive change in their schools. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.
Executive Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Scott Levy is the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Scott is deeply committed to education and children’s health. He completed a Senior Research Fellowship in Public Education Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2015. Scott is an elected member of the Byram Hills School District Board of Education, serving as President of the Board for two years. He is the Vice President of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association and sits on the NYS Education Department’s Reopening Schools Regional Task Force. Scott also serves as the Chairman of Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
Prior to working at Yale, Scott spent 20 years as an Investment Banker at JPMorgan and Lehman/Barclays, most recently as Managing Director providing strategic and financial advice to senior management teams and boards of public and private companies. He serves on the board of a venture-backed digital healthcare technology company, having previously acted as interim CFO. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Economics.
Robert A. Spicer Ph.D
Dr. Robert Spicer is the CEO of Restorative Strategies, LLC based in Chicago, IL. Restorative Strategies, LLC provides training and technical support to a variety of stakeholders throughout the country with a focus on eradicating the school to prison pipeline in schools and a healthy school organizations based in the practices of the Restorative Justice philosophy. Through the practices of Restorative Justice with an emphasis on teaching Social/Emotional Learning, Restorative Strategies, LLC focus is to build capacity around these practices and move away from criminalizing our most precious resource—our youth.
Dr. Spicer gained national notoriety later taking the position as the Chief Dean of Discipline, Restorative Justice and Code Switching at the recently turned around Christian Fenger High School in Chicago, IL in 2009. After a traumatic school year, Robert‘s role shifted to the Culture and Climate Coordinator in 2010 to meet the needs of this high school. In this new role and the first of its kind in a U.S. Public School, Robert supported the staff in sustaining a safe and stable school culture and climate through the effective implementation of Restorative Justice Practices and Social Emotional Learning. These programs, coupled with the utilization of Restorative Practice, reduced the school’s reliance on zero-tolerance policies and created a model for schools both nationally and internationally. His work was featured in the CNN docudrama ‘Chicago Land’ in 2013.
Dr. Spicer has received numerous awards and honors for his work of bringing Restorative Practices to schools and creating an “ecosystems of care”. He has spoken widely about the power of Restorative Justice on major news networks like CNN, National Public Radio, WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times and the Associated Press. Robert was also recognized by the White House and received President Obama’s National Volunteer Service Award in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Spicer was invited by the Department of Education and Department of Justice to be a featured speaker at the White House and share the work of Restorative Strategies to educators from around the country.
Dr. Spicer is a sought after national conference speaker and motivational speaker on Restorative Practices and has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous Colleges and Universities, including John Jay College, NYU, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago School of Social Work, Loyola University and Northwestern Law School. He is currently a national trainer in Restorative Practices and trains school districts and Community based organization in Peace Building and Conflict resolution. Dr. Spicer has also served twenty years in a variety of leadership capacities in Christian churches across the City of Chicago.