“In discussing the EMOTE platform with [EMOTE Founder Julian Golder], I realized it was based on the zones of regulation, which we already use,” said Director of Student and Staff Development Christina McMorrow. “It was clear that this would be a natural fit for increased communication between teachers.”
Julian started developing EMOTE in early June after observing the need for emotional support and early intervention while working in education over the past decade.
“Students are always moving, so each instructor only gets to see a slice of their experience,” said Julian. “EMOTE gives each teacher—and the school—a new and complete perspective of each student.”
Teachers have been asked to input each student’s emotional state (green, blue, yellow, or red) in the app throughout the day. This data is then shared with the student’s other teachers and counselors allowing them to individualize their teaching and emotional support.
“EMOTE is a safe and secure way for staff to identify the emotional space and needs of out students,” said Head of High School Jay Huston. “Teachers use it to identify the times we should ‘take it easy’ on a student or strategize with the student techniques they can use to be successful in our class even though they are in a ‘non-green’ emotional state.”
“When you’re teaching, you often think of the classroom as a global entity,” said Upper Elementary School Teacher Jerrod Nelson. “EMOTE is a great tool for me to check in on each student individually.”
Julian meets with a group of Stanbridge teachers and Chris on an almost weekly basis to see what changes can be made to improve the app.
“It’s a unique opportunity for us to be able to weigh in on new features that will help increase utility,” said Chris. “We basically get to customize it to fit our unique needs.”
One of the reasons Stanbridge has been so successful as a pilot school, says Julian, is the teachers’ willingness to embrace new technology.
“Stanbridge is a great school because it’s willing to adopt innovation,” said Julian. “It’s amazing to see that there’s not an insecurity or fear around trying new things.”
Julian has big plans for EMOTE in the future. The app was recently accepted by Launch, an incubator for education startups, and he hopes to roll out student and parent versions of the platform soon.
“This is the future of behavior support,” said Jay. “We’re lucky to be in on the ground floor!”