CSI Resources: Teacher Practices

Examples of Social and Emotional Learning in Subject Areas

Elementary English Language Arts Instruction
Elementary Mathematics Instruction
Middle School Social Studies Instruction
High School English Language Arts Instruction

Developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania CSI teams, these resources identify lesson activities and teaching practices to support SEL across a variety of subject areas and grade levels. You can use them to develop guidance for how to incorporate SEL into different subject areas in your school or state.


Act for Youth: SEL Strategies and Tools. This toolkit views SEL as a multifaceted student-centered approach. It is designed to promote students’ individual assets and offers recommendations for teachers’ instruction for SEL, including scaffolding.  Use this if you are interested in incorporating student-centered practices in SEL instruction.

AIR: SEL Coaching Toolkit. This toolkit provides instructional coaches, administrators, and district leaders with key insights forsupporting teachers in their SEL practice. You should use this if you are interested in the way coaching can support or enhance the SEL professional learning of teachers.

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders: Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks. This brief introduces 10 teaching practices that support social, emotional, and academic development throughout the school day. Examples include student-centered discipline, teacher language, self-assessment and self-reflection, balanced instruction, and competency building. You can use this brief to find examples and develop concrete ways for teachers to enhance SEL.


Illinois: K-12 Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Standards
4th Grade and 5th Grade Standards
6th Grade through 8th Grade Standards
9th Grade and 10th Grade Standards
11th Grade and 12th Grade Standards

The Illinois Comprehensive System of Learning Supports offers modifiable and specific teacher practices aligned to the goals and indicators of their SEL framework by grade bands.

Kansas: Personal and Social Development Instructional Examples

Personal Development Instructional Examples
Social Development Instructional Examples

The Kansas Personal and Social Development Instructional Examples offer modifiable and specific teacher activities aligned to the Personal and Social Development goals and indicators of the Kansas SEL framework by grade bands.

Tennessee: Incorporating Social and Personal Competencies Into Classroom Instruction and Educator Effectiveness: A Toolkit for Tennessee Teachers and Administrators. This toolkit aligns instructional practices to the Tennessee teacher evaluation model process and provides examples of teacher practices that support SEL. It showcases how incorporating SEL into daily teaching practice can improve students’ competencies and educators’ effectiveness.