Manager of Implementation Support
Claire Schu works to capture essential learning about SEL implementation from the field to develop practical tools, support models, and professional learning. She supports the continuous improvement of the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL and the District Resource Center by cataloging exemplary resources and practices from collaborating districts and tuning into areas of need.
Prior to joining CASEL, Claire was the manager of universal social and emotional learning supports for Chicago Public Schools. In that role, she tailored and expanded professional learning and implementation support to respond to expressed needs, designed resources and professional learning communities to develop school-based leaders, and supported the exponential growth of Chicago’s use of school climate standards, action planning, and supportive school certification.
Claire began in education as a middle school teacher in Texas, later Massachusetts, before moving to Chicago to learn about the local landscape through work in social service agencies. She earned a bachelor’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan and a master’s in Social Work Administration from the University of Chicago. She lives in Washington state with her husband and son.