CSI Resources: Integration with career planning and workforce preparation

  • Consider what it means for students to be prepared for the future. Workforce preparation must include essential knowledge and technical skills required for jobs today, but also deeper human skills – known as social and emotional skills. Successful integration of SEL and workforce development advances our vision to prepare all students for success as lifelong, engaged learners and effective contributors to the complex future they will inherit, including in their future work lives — as entrepreneurs, business owners, or employees.   


    • Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow
      Report identifies the skills employers are seeking in the workforce and how those skills directly align with CASEL’s core SEL competencies. Download PDF
    • Ready To Lead: A 2019 Update of Principals’ Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools
      Report finds that principals stand ready to bring systemic, school-wide SEL to their schools, but need greater support from leaders at the state and district levels. Download PDF
    • Respected: Perspectives of Youth on High School & Social and Emotional Learning
      Report finds most current and recent high schoolers see a big missing piece in their education – a lack of social and emotional skills development – and most recent students feel unprepared for life after high school. Download PDF


    • Building a Grad Nation: Progress & Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
      Annual report examines both progress and challenges toward reaching the GradNation campaign goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent. Visit the website
    • Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans: Helping Students Create Their Own Career and Life Goals
      Book from counseling expert V. Scott H. Solberg that introduces a new paradigm for career development focused on teaching skills that all students need to set long-term goals and experience post-secondary success. Visit the website
    • Handbook of Career and Workforce Development: Research, Practice and Policy  
      Book describes how the current research can be used to promote the design of more effective career development programs and services at local, state, and national levels. Order the book



    • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
      Collaborative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living. Visit the website
    • WIOA Youth Program Element Resources
      Resources from WorkforceGPS including high quality services for youth beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. Visit the website


    • Delaware and CASEL Bridge Crosswalk: Empowering Every Student to Achieve Purpose, Place, and Plans for the Future (October 2020)
      This crosswalk identifies the intersection of SEL and employability skills in Delaware. Download the PDF
    • Social and emotional learning webpage
      The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is committed to empowering every student to be successful in college, career and life. This success requires both academic and behavioral supports to assure that all students and school communities are protected, connected and respected. Access the webpage
    • Career and Technical Education
      Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs allow Delaware students the chance to earn early college credits, industry-recognized credentials and work experience while still in high school. Access the webpage
    • Delaware Pathways
      Delaware Pathways stems directly from the “Delaware Promise,” Governor Jack Carney’s commitment that by 2025, 65% of Delaware’s workforce will earn a 2- or 4- degree or professional certificate, matching the percentage of Delaware jobs requiring one. Access the webpage
    • Delaware SEL and Work-based Learning Tools
      This toolkit includes learnings from Delaware’s SEL-CTE Bridge Pilot. Access the webpage


    • Career and Technical Education
      CTE can help all students achieve the objectives of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) through authentic, applied learning experiences. Access the webpage


    • Career and Technical Education
      Our mission is to ensure that all students have access to quality programs that lead to marketable skills for the 21st Century. Access the webpage

    North Dakota

    • Department of Career and Technical Education
      Includes publications, reports, and resources for educators, students and families, and business and industry leaders. Access the webpage


    • Career Tech
      Includes programs, resources, and upcoming events on career tech in Ohio. Access the webpage


    • ​Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills
      The Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills (PA CRS) are social emotional learning progressions that support the development of student competence. By design, the PA CRS reflect priorities to ensure youth are career ready and prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. Access the webpage

    • Career and Technical Education
      Career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania offers students the opportunity to develop critical skills through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, which allow them to apply academics to real-world problems. Access the webpage


    • Career and Technical Education
      Career and Technical Education provides all students access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value. Access the webpage


    • Career and Technical Education
      Just as some of the models of delivering content may be challenging to engage students, CTE’s real-life approach offers an option that boosts participation. Access the webpage

    • Connecting the Dots: Between SEL, Employability Skills, and a Graduate Profile
      Video presentation on Wisconsin’s work to identify employability skills, discover intersections with SEL, and begin to envision a graduate profile for the state. Watch the video

    • Academic & Career Planning (ACP)
      Page with tools to equip students and their families to make more informed choices about postsecondary education, training, careers for life after high school. Access the webpage

    • ACP Handout
      Handout that summarizes ACP Plan Guiding Questions, relevant links, and connection to SEL. Download the handout