Collaborating States Initiative

CASEL launched the Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) to guide supportive legislation and create conditions that support implementation.

CASEL works with states to help ensure that preschool to high school students are fully prepared—academically, socially, and emotionally—to succeed in school, at work, and in life. Every state partner is committed to creating statewide conditions where educators are effectively equipped and encouraged to support their students’ social and emotional development.

Since its creation in 2016, the CSI has scaled state-level SEL work from 8 states to over 40 states and one U.S. territory, representing more than 90% of districts, schools, teachers, and students in the US. We’ve also found that states connected to the CSI were more likely to adopt SEL competencies and four times more likely to share SEL guidance.

In partnership with national advisors, we provide state partners with:

  • Community of practice, including national meetings of state teams, including state leaders; regional meetings that provide similarly located states to collaborate on their SEL policies and practices; and collaboration on common problems of practice.
  • Technical assistance, including coaching that is organized around their customized goals; resources such as webinars, a newsletter, and a robust SEL library; findings from state-specific research; information on best practices and evidence-based tools developed for the field; and customized plans for advancing SEL.

Learn more about SEL policy at the state level.

In 2020, CASEL launched the SEL and Workforce initiative, strategically supporting teams in eight states in partnership with key national collaborators.

CSI Advisors

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The CSI Advisory Committee supports state teams in achieving their customized goals and plans—creating the conditions for the districts and schools in their state to implement evidence-based, equity-focused SEL policies and practices.

  • Megan Blanco, Director of Safe and Healthy Schools, National Association of State Boards of Education
  • Anne Bowles, Program Director, Student-Centered Learning, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO, Civic
  • Sara Castro-Olivo, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
  • Seth Gerson, Program Director, Education Division, National Governors Association
  • John King, CEO, Education Trust
  • Stephanie Krauss, Senior Director, Special Projects, Jobs for the Future
  • Mike Magee, CEO, Chiefs for Change
  • Karen Pittman, CEO and President, Forum for Youth Investment
  • Aaliyah Samuel, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, NWEA
  • Scott Solberg, Professor of Counseling and Applied Human Development, Boston University
  • Ashley Wallace, Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Natalie Walrond, Director, Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety
  • Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education

Ex-Officio Advisors

  • Chi Kim, CEO, Pure Edge, Inc.

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