The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL’s research staff that focus on social and emotional learning for school administrators. These resources cover a range of topics including social and emotional competence for school leaders, administrators’ perspectives on the value of SEL, and the role of administrative leadership and support to effectively implement and sustain schoolwide and districtwide SEL programming.
Also check out our SEL in Schools section for more on schoolwide SEL implementation. In the spring of 2018, CASEL will be releasing The Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning to provide a framework for implementation and recommended resources for school-based teams, including school administrators looking for ways to support an SEL team.
Articles and Book Chapters
Allensworth, E. M., & Hart, H. (2018). How do principals influence student achievement? Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.Retrieved from: https://consortium.uchicago.edu/publications/how-do-principals-influence-student-achievement View article.
Elias, M. J., O’Brien, M. U., & Weissberg, R. P. (2006). Transformative leadership for social and emotional learning. Principal Leadership, 7, 10-13. View article.
Patti, J., Senge, P., Madrazo, C., & Stern, R. S. (2015). Developing socially, emotionally, and cognitively competent school leaders and learning communities. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 438-552). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. Chapter available with purchase of the book.
Adelman, H., & Taylor, L. (2006). The school leader’s guide to student learning supports: New directions for addressing barriers to learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Book available for purchase.
Patti, J., & Tobin, J. (2006). Smart school leaders: Leading with emotional intelligence. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. Book available for purchase.
Ribas, W. B., & Gregory, C. A. (2019). Supervision and Evaluation of Teachers, School Clinicians, and Administrators: Educational, Social, Emotional, and Procedural Components. Norwood, MA: Ribas Publications. Book available for purchase from the publisher.
Salazar, Jo. (2020). Better Together: Six Essential Conversations for Cultivating Adult SEL and Relational Trust in Your School. Book available for purchase.
Atwell, M. N., & Bridgeland, J. M. (2019). Ready to lead: A 2019 update of principals’ perspectives on how social and emotional learning can prepare children and transform schools. Washington, DC: Civic with Hart Research Associates. Retrieved from: https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Ready-to-Lead_FINAL.pdf View the report.
CASEL (2017). Key insights from the collaborating districts initiative. Chicago: Author. View the report.
DePaoli, J. L., Atwell, M., & Bridgeland, J. (2017). Ready to lead: A national principal survey on how social and emotional learning can prepare children and transform schools. Washington DC: Civic Enterprises and Hart Research Associates for CASEL. View the report. View the infographic.
Hamilton, L. S., Doss, C. J., & Steiner, E. D. (2019). Teacher and principal perspectives on social and emotional learning in America’s schools: Findings from the American Educator Panels. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from: https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR2900/RR2991/RAND_RR2991.pdf View the report.
Mahfouz, J., Greenberg, M. T., & Rodriguez, A. (2019). Principals’ social and emotional competence: A key factor for creating caring schools. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Center, Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved from: https://www.prevention.psu.edu/uploads/files/PSU-Principals-Brief-103119.pdf View the report.
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