College & Career Readiness Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff that focuses on social and emotional learning for college and career readiness.

CASEL’s 2018 survey of high school students and recent graduates, Respected, found that less than half of recent graduates felt prepared for success after high school only 41% felt prepared for a job or career.

Articles and Book Chapters

Beland, K. (2007). Boosting social and emotional competence. Educational Leadership, 64(7), 68-71.
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Burns, J., Mattern, K., Naemi, B. D., & Roberts, R. D. (Eds.) (2017). Building better students: Preparation for the workforce. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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Briefs and Reports

American Institutes for Research. (2015). Ready for work?: How afterschool programs can support employability through social and emotional learning. Chicago: Author.
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Belfield, C., Bowden, B., Klapp, A., Levin, H., Shand, R., & Zander, S. (2015). The economic value of social and emotional learning. New York: Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education.
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Dymnicki, A., Sambolt, M., & Kidron, Y. (2013). Improving college and career readiness by incorporating social and emotional learning. Washington DC: American Institutes for Research College & Career Readiness and Success Center.
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Gabrieli, C., Ansel, D., & Krachman, S. B. (2015). Ready to be counted: The research case for education policy action on non-cognitive skills. Boston: Transforming Education.
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Johnson, H. & Weiner, R. (2017) This time, with feeling: Integrating social and emotional development and college- and career-readiness standards. New York: Aspen Institute.
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American Institutes for Research (2016). Social and emotional learning explained: How SEL helps students in college, career, and life. Washington, DC: Author.
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National Association of Colleges and Employers (2019). Career readiness defined. Bethlehem, PA: Author

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