Equity and SEL Resources

The following is a curated list of resources on equity as it relates to social and emotional learning. This list was developed with input from several experts in the field.

CASEL believes SEL instruction and opportunities are essential to an effective and sound education for all children and youth regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and/or other cultural differences.

Articles and Book Chapters

Gregory, A., & Fergus, E. (2017). Social and emotional learning and equity in school discipline. Future of Children, 27(1), 117-136.
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Jagers, R. J. (2016). Framing social and emotional learning among African American youth: Toward an integrity-based approach. Human Development, 59, 1-3.
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Ladson-Billings, G. (1995). Toward a theory of culturally relevant pedagogy. American Educational Research Journal, 32(3), 465-491.
Article available for purchase

Targeted universalism: Policy & practice. Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Berkeley: University of California. Retrieved from https://belonging.berkeley.edu/targeteduniversalism
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Merrell, K. W., & Gueldner, B. A. (2010). Social and emotional learning in the classroom: Promoting mental health and academic success (Chapter 5: “One size does not fit all: Adapting social and emotional learning for use in our multicultural world,” pp. 83-102). New York: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available for purchase.

Slaten, C. D., Irby, D. J., Tate, K., & Rivera, R. (2015). Toward a critically conscious approach to social and emotional learning in urban alternative education: School staff members’ perspectives. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 7(1), 41-62.
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Cartledge, G., & Milburn, J. F. (1996). Cultural diversity and social skills instruction: Understanding gender and ethnic differences. Champaign, IL: Research Press
Book available for purchase.

Ginsberg, M. B. (2015). Excited to learn: Motivation and culturally responsive teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Book available for purchase.

Hammond, Z. (2015). Culturally responsive teaching and the brain: Promoting authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Book available for purchase.

Thompson, G. L., & Thompson, R. (2014). Yes, you can!: Advice for teachers who want a great start with the students of color. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Book available for purchase.

Briefs and Reports

The Aspen Institute (2018). Pursuing social and emotional development through and equity lens. A call to action. Washington, DC: Author.
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Council of Chief State School Officers. (2017). Leading for equity: Opportunities for State education chiefs. Washington, D.C. Retrieved from https://ccsso.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/Leading%20for%20Equity_011618.pdf
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Jagers, R. J., Rivas-Drake, D., & Borowski, T. (2018). Equity & social and emotional learning: A cultural analysis. Chicago IL: CASEL.
View the brief.

Jagers, R.J., Rivas-Drake, D., & Williams, B. (2019) Transformative Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Toward SEL in Service of Educational Equity and Excellence,Educational Psychologist. 54, 162-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/00461520.2019.1623032
Article available for purchase

Osher, D., Kanter, E., LaHayne, S., Moroney, D., Money, J., & Nolan, E. (2019). Building equitable, safe and supportive schools: Trauma and culturally sensitive practices for guidance. Washington, DC: Move This World and American Institutes for Research.
Download the white paper

Videos and Webinars

Jagers, R., Randall-Gardner, P., & Van Ausdal, K. (2018). Equity and SEL: What educators need to know. Chicago IL: CASEL.
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Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (2019). Inclusive teaching. Hanover, NH: Author.
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Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (2018). Implicit bias modules series. Columbus, OH: Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University.
View the website.

Check out the five-part SEL as a Lever for Equity webinar series