- CASEL recommends that schools adopt one or more evidence-based approaches in order to to ensure that all students are supported in their social and emotional development. CASEL also recommends that all teachers adopt practices that allow them to intentionally support SEL throughout the day and in all settings. To achieve these goals, the CSI recommends that states provide guidance on the selection, implementation, and monitoring of evidence-based SEL teacher practices.
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What Does Evidence-Based Instruction in Social and Emotional Learning Actually Look Like in Practice?
This CASEL brief summarizes extensive research and analysis of effective SEL programs in order to identify teaching practices found in evidence-based approaches. You can use this to learn about the actions teachers and leaders can take to support SEL.
Sample Teaching Activities to Support Core Competencies of Social and Emotional Learning
Developed in collaboration with the Pennsylvania CSI team, this resource describes teaching strategies found in evidence-based programs that can be used to support SEL in a variety of subject area classes. You can use it to find examples of the types of instructional strategies and ongoing practice to support SEL in the classroom across the school day.
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Examples of Social and Emotional Learning in Subject Areas
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
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
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.