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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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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Latest Resources

Anticipating an update to our most frequently accessed resource, the CASEL Guide to Effective SEL Programs, CASEL has published revised criteria for evidence-based SEL programming. Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programs: CASEL Criteria Updates and Rationale provides rationale for updates that are planned for release in 2021, reflecting the significant progress the field has made.

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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

Research documenting the impact of SEL

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