- Federal policy, especially the innovations encouraged by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), can provide an important opportunity to elevate SEL as a state priority.
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How State Planning for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Can Promote Student Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
This CASEL report describes five key ways state ESSA plans are advancing SEL. Although the report outlines state plans before they were finalized in 2018, its serves a reminder of the important connections between SEL and ESSA.
Federal Policy Page
The federal policy page of the CASEL website outlines where key federal policy issues, like ESSA or proposed federal legislation, intersect with social and emotional learning. You can use this if you are interested in opportunities to expand and support SEL through federal policy.
Annie E. Casey Foundation: Supporting SEL with Evidence-Based Programs
This report provides examples of districts that have successfully funded SEL. It can be used as a starting point for thinking about how to fund SEL initiatives.
A discussion of how ESSA connects with school health programs in terms of consolidation and funding. Although not specific to SEL, the document acts as a quick guide to understanding how ESSA can support school health programs.
Council of Chief State School Officers: Advancing Equity through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders
A discussion of how ESSA promotes equity in eight key areas. Page 3 offers recommendations on closing funding gaps. The report is important for state education agencies that want to employ ESSA to accomplish multiple initiatives.
Education First: Making the Most of the Every Student Succeeds Act
A slide deck that provides information on the key changes between ESSA and NCLB and offers recommendations on designing innovative ESSA plans. Information on funding starts on slide 29.