CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative (CSI), launched in 2016, works with states and school districts to help develop goals, guidelines, programs, and plans that will help them promote social and emotional learning (SEL) statewide. Over time the participating state education leaders have developed a wide variety of materials and resources to promote SEL in their states. Sharing resources and building a nationwide learning community of state educational leaders is central to the CSI. In this section we provide links to numerous resources in the four key areas of state work related to SEL, each divided into specific tasks. Included are many materials that other states can adapt for their own use.
Click on each of the following bullets within the four key areas to view a page with resources and tools for that task.
BUILD FOUNDATIONAL SUPPORT AND PLAN
- Frameworks, competencies, standards, and guidelines for SEL
- Development of a vision, strategic plan, and stakeholder engagement and communications
- Federal policy and funding support
STRENGTHEN ADULT COMPETENCIES AND CAPACITY
- Guidance to create positive school cultures and climates
- Equity considerations to ensure that educational experiences are culturally and linguistically appropriate and engaging to all
- Implementation guidance on professional development strategies to ensure that educators are equipped to successfully implement SEL
PROMOTE SEL FOR STUDENTS
- Integration and alignment of SEL with academics and instruction
- Guidance on teacher practices to support student social and emotional development
- Guidance to support high-quality implementation of SEL
- Implementation guidance on evidence-based programs
USE DATA FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
- Implementation guidance on assessment tools that allow teachers to effectively monitor their students’ progress
CSI Spotlight 1: Innovation in Action Strategies states have used to connect with, support, and learn from districts.
CSI Spotlight 2: Deeper Insights A closer look at some innovative efforts currently underway to partner with and support districts in six states.
The Collaborating States Initiative is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pure Edge, Inc. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.