Classroom SEL Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff that focuses on the role of classrooms in social and emotional learning.

Also check out our SEL in Classrooms section for more on SEL implementation in classrooms. In 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.

Articles and Book Chapters

Jagers, R. J., Harris, A., & Skoog, A. (2015). A review of classroom-based SEL programs at the middle school level. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 167-180). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

Jones, S. M., Barnes, S. P., Bailey, R., & Doolittle, E. J. (2017). Promoting social and emotional competencies in elementary school. Future of Children, 27(1), 49-72.
View the summary.

Merrell, K. W., & Gueldner, B. A. (2010). Social and emotional learning in the classroom: Promoting mental health and academic success (Chapter 2: “Social and emotional learning curricula: A review of selected programs,” pp. 23-47). New York: Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., & Hulleman, C. S. (2015). SEL in elementary school settings: Identifying mechanisms that matter. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 151-166). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

Williamson, A. A., Modecki, K. L., & Guerra, N. G. (2015). SEL programs in high school. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 181-196). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.

Books

Elias, M. J., Tobias, S.E (2018). Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills (Grades 5–9). Golden Valley, MN: Free Spirit.
Purchase the book from the publisher.

Raymond, J.P. (2018) Wildflowers: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America. Stuart Foundation.
Book available for purchase.

Ribas, W. B., Brady, D. A., & Hardin, J. (2017). Social-emotional learning in the classroom: Practical guide for integrating all SEL skills into instruction and classroom management. Norwood, MA: Ribas Publications.
Book available for purchase from the publisher.


Guides

CASEL (2013). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Preschool and elementary school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.

CASEL (2015). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Middle and high school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.

Jones, S., Brush, K., Bailey, R., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Stickle, L. (2017). Navigating social and emotional learning from the inside out: Looking inside and across 25 leading SEL programs: A practical resource for schools and OST providers (elementary school focus). New York: Wallace Foundation.
View the guide.