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Your Emotions Matter:

Using the RULER approach to support our social and emotional wellbeing during this time of crisis

is an acronym for the 5 key skills of emotional intelligence:
Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions effectively.

The 4-part video series introduces the RULER tools and approach to support social-emotional learning at home:

If you have questions or feedback on this series, please feel free to email Molly Takagi or Maureen MacLeod.
    • Team Up!

Team Up is a Punahou parent education initiative, designed to enrich the educational and learning experience for Punahou families. Team Up resources seek to provide parents with helpful, relevant information from distinguished and informed sources.

In Case You Missed It

In this presentation with Challenge Success Program Director Margaret Dunlap and School Program Manager Laura Easley, shared current research along with practical strategies for our families to support their children’s health, resilience, and engagement in learning.
Challenge Success offers resources to help you support your student’s well-being and engagement in learning. We invite you to visit the Challenge Success website and explore the links below:
  • CHECK OUT Raising Well-Balanced Kids and Tips to Help Your Child Thrivewhich offer common-sense tips based on children’s known developmental needs and research on child and adolescent well-being.
  • READ Challenge Success White Papers that summarize research and offer practical suggestions on topics including college, homework, cheating, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
  • BROWSE book recommendations and read Challenge Success blog entries by authors including Dr. Denise Pope, Dr. Madeline Levine, and Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.
Available until July 23, 2021.
If you were able to attend or after you view the recording, please provide your feedback.



Coping with Uncertainty, A Conversation with Dr. Christine Carter
Highly acclaimed author and sociologist Dr. Christine Carter and Punahou President Dr. Michael Latham ’86 provided insightful strategies for supporting kids during the current pandemic and beyond.

Why do Emotions Matter?
Molly Takagi, K – 8 SEEL coordinator at Punahou School, walks parents through a 9-minute presentation about the critical role emotions play in a child’s development.

Parenting During A Time of Crisis
Psychologists and school consultants. Rob Evans, Ed.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., discuss ways to help students cope with challenges of distance learning and manage stress.

Linda Burch – Parenting in the Digital Age
Read about Linda Burch’s visit to campus.

Rob Evans & Michael Thompson: Rigor, Emotional Intelligence, and The Real Roots of Success
Read more about Michael Thompson and Rob Evan‘s visit to campus.

Team Up Event (Jan. 28): College Counseling Book Club: ”How College Works“
Co-author Daniel Chambliss, Punahou President Mike Latham ’86, Director of College Counseling Terri Devine, and Academy Principal Emily McCarren held a facilitated book discussion on “How College Works” written by Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs.

Team Up: Screen Time in the Age of the Coronavirus (March 18, 2021)
Sue Thotz and Rebecca Randall, long-time veterans at Common Sense Media and parents themselves, answered questions and explored how to balance the influence of technology with kids’ development, mental health and learning.


Team Up! Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Talking To Our Children About Race and Racism
Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith ’94, Psychologist and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute, will offer specific strategies and tools to help parents engage with their children about the subject of race.