Cultivating Emotional Intelligence for a Healthy Mind and Body

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say in an interview on
Emotional Intelligence:

    • Emotional intelligence is an understanding of how emotions work, and how they can be processed for a healthy mind and body. But what is unique about the My Mama Says approach is that we don’t teach it in a singular way (meaning one emotion at a time)—the reason for that is that we never feel one emotion—they ALWAYS come in groups. And since they influence each other, emotions can look very different depending on what other emotions they present themselves with. The way we look, act, and feel is the result of the entire group of emotions, NOT just a single emotion.

We teach emotional intelligence on three levels:

Level 1: Being able to identify emotions (in yourself and others).
Level 2: Being able to process emotions separate from thought patterns and behavior.
Level 3: Being able to leverage the messages that emotions are signposting for us to create an actionable plan.
  • Previously emotional intelligence was deemed more of a character trait that you are born with, rather than a skill set that can be developed. It was unspoken, and only further developed through social experiences. One would say that someone is “in touch with their emotions” for example, but this too came with social pressures and stereotypes, eg. there was a stigma around men who were “in touch with their emotions” that does not carry over to emotional intelligence.
    Emotional intelligence is a skill set that can be developed at any age! The book My Mama Says Inside Me Lives A Village is written for a younger audience, but we have a full curriculum with parent tools also, and very soon we will be launching a quiz and curriculum that skews a little older—called Emotion Wonderland! Many of us were brought up with a very traditional approach to emotions, where little was explained but “control” over them is expected, so understanding the basic philosophy has been super helpful to many.


Interview: Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is a Swiss-born, German, Kiwi, and American thought leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about education, especially focusing on child emotional wellness, and social and emotional skill development using the Arts, and EdTech.

In 2015 she founded the technology company WURRLY, which also makes WURRLYedu—a leading music education solution being used in schools across 22 states. Nadine has authored two children´s books for social and emotional learning (Inside Me Lives a Village and Inside Me Lives a Superhero), initially developed as a tool to use with her own kids, to help them develop positive self-awareness, self-regulation skills, confidence, empathy, creativity, and self-expression. This quickly grew into a school program, with the development of a supporting curriculum and classroom resources, and toys and other children’s products that foster a healthy relationship with emotions.

As an education thought leader, Nadine Levitt gives keynote speeches around the world on the subjects of music education, social and emotional learning, and technology in classrooms.

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Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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