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 state, districts and schools nationwide and convene leading thinkers to ensure SEL is a priority in every school nationwide.

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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 (SEL)?

SEL is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

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October 15, 2020

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Latest Resources

As the pandemic and the nationwide fight for racial justice amplify the longstanding inequities in education and other sectors, CASEL has released a new report: Emerging Insights on Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence. The report summarizes five emerging insights on advancing SEL as a lever for equity and excellence that districts at all stages of their SEL implementation can reflect on as they shape their strategies.

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SEL Tools

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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

Data and research to help make the case for high-quality SEL.

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