CASEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defined SEL more than two decades ago. Today, we support states, districts and schools nationwide and convene leading thinkers to ensure SEL is a priority in every school nationwide.

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Our 2021 Edition of the CASEL Program Guide can help you select a high-quality SEL program. Learn more

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Through research, practice, and policy, we collaborate with thought leaders to equip educators and policymakers with the knowledge and resources to advance social and emotional learning in equitable learning environments so all students can thrive.

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What is Social and Emotional Learning?

What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL is an integral part of education and Simply put, SEL is a lifelong process of learning how to better understand ourselves, connect with others, and work together to achieve goals and support our communities. 

First, check out our video to the left where educators, students, parents, and community leaders joined CASEL to answer: What is social and emotional learning? and Why is it essential?

Then, visit our page on “What is SEL?” to explore our full definition and learn about the core competencies and key settings.

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2021 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange

October 2021

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Latest Resources

The $123 billion infusion to K-12 education in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 represents an unprecedented opportunity to invest in SEL. Looking for recommendations on building sustained impact and where to spend?

Read about three high priority investments for SEL in our policy brief for state and district leaders.

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SEL Tools

Looking for support?
Browse our resources created in collaboration
with expert practitioners
and scholars

District Resource

Resources from districts where SEL programs, practices, and policies are working

CASEL Guide to Schoolwide

Guidance for systemic SEL implementation in a school

SEL State Resources

Sample policies and practices that support SEL

Assessment Guide

Guidance to choose and use an SEL assessment

Program Guide

Recommendations for selecting a high-quality SEL program

SEL Starts at Home

Resources to bring SEL into your home and communities

Benefits of SEL

Research documenting the impact of SEL

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