Federal Policy Resources

The following is a curated list of resources on connections between social and emotional learning and federal policy including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For more, check out CASEL’s policy work at the federal and state level.

Articles and Book Chapters

Zaslow, M., Mackintosh, B., Mancoll, S., & Mandell, S. (2015). Federal policy initiatives and children’s SEL. In J. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of social and emotional learning (pp. 549-565). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter available for purchase.

Briefs and Reports

The Aspen Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (2016). Advancing equity through ESSA: Strategies for state leaders. Washington, DC: Authors.
View the report.

Grant, S., Hamilton, L. S., Wrabel, S. L., Gomez, C. J., Whitaker, A., Leschitz, J. T., Unlu, F., Chavez-Herrerias, E. R., Baker, G., Barrett, M., Harris, M., & Ramos, A. (2017). Social and emotional learning interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2133.html
View the report.

Melnick, H., Cook-Harvey, C., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2017). Encouraging social and emotional learning in the context of new accountability. Palo Alto, CA: The Learning Policy Institute.
View the report.

CASEL (2021). The Three Highest Priority Investments to Make in SEL with American Rescue Plan Dollars. Chicago, IL.
          View the brief