Universal Evidence-Based Programs

This is a curated list of references that identifies universal evidence-based programs and guides for selecting programs and implementing systemic social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL has been evaluating programs for more than a decade, and in the 2013 and 2015 CASEL Program Guides we identify those programs that are CASEL “SELect”.

Articles and Book Chapters

Bierman, K. L., & Motamedi, M. (2015). SEL programs for preschool children. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 135-150). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase of the book.

Jagers, R. J., Harris, A., & Skoog, A. (2015). A review of classroom-based SEL programs at the middle school level. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 167-180). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase of the book.

Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., & Hulleman, C. S. (2015). SEL in elementary school settings: Identifying mechanisms that matter. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 151-166). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase of the book.

Williamson, A. A., Modecki, K. L., & Guerra, N. G. (2015). SEL programs in high school. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 181-196). New York, NY: The Guilford Press
Chapter available with purchase of the book.


Books

Elias, M. J., Zins, J. E., Weissberg, R. P., Frey, K. S., Greenberg, M. T., Haynes, N. M., Kessler, R., Schwab-Stone, M. E., & Shriver, T. P. (1997). Promoting social and emotional learning: Guidelines for educators. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Book available for purchase.


Guides

CASEL (2013). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Preschool and elementary school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.

CASEL (2015). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Middle and high school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (2017). Blueprints for healthy youth development. Boulder, CO: Institute of Behavior Science, University of Colorado Boulder.
View the guide.

Jones, S., Brush, K., Bailey, R., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Stickle, L. (2017). Navigating social and emotional learning from the inside out: Looking inside and across 25 leading SEL programs: A practical resource for schools and OST providers (elementary school focus). New York: Wallace Foundation.
View the guide.

SAMSHA (2017). National registry of evidence-based programs and practices. Rockville, MD: Author.
View the guide.