How Can You Speak Up for SEL?

In this political climate, students need SEL champions more than ever.

The majority of students, teachers, and families agree: Social and emotional learning (SEL) belongs in schools.

SEL is driven by what the research says, what families want, and what is best for children – not by politics on any side. But when political agendas are prioritized over children’s healthy development, students risk losing out on an education that will help them succeed in school and in life.   

Communities across the political spectrum recognize that all students deserve a high-quality education that fully supports their social, emotional, and academic learning. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding and misinformation is causing confusion.  

Now is the time for brave thinkers and tireless doers to speak up for SEL. Below you’ll find resources to help you champion the facts, take action, and connect with schools, families, and communities. #SpeakUpforSEL

Our children deserve nothing less than an education that SELebrates them.

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SELebrate the Facts

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What does “social and emotional learning” really mean? Use these materials to clear up the confusion and align your community around a clear, strengths-based definition.

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Video: What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Educators, students, parents, and community leaders joined CASEL to answer: what is social and emotional learning and why is it essential? (3 mins, 23 secs)

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Video: What are the core competencies and key settings?

The animated video overviews CASEL’s framework, known to many as the “CASEL wheel”. (4 mins, 51 secs)

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Five facts: What does social and emotional learning really mean?

Ask a few people to define SEL, and you’re likely to hear different responses. Here are five facts to help your community align around a clear understanding of SEL.

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Webinar: Social and Emotional Learning 101

The on-demand webinar discusses SEL, what the research says, how it can support other priorities, and includes a Q&A on pressing questions. (54 mins, 42 secs)

SELebrate by Taking Action

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Use evidence and clear communications to stop the political attacks on SEL and children’s education. Download and engage with free, quality resources to sift out the misinformation and champion what’s best for students.

Messaging Guidance

  • Start the Conversation. Five key messages to emphasize when discussing SEL. Download the PDF
  • Lift up the Benefits. Summary of research benefits from multiple studies. Download the PDF
  • Address SEL FAQs. Responses to five commonly asked questions on SEL. Download the PDF

Presentation Materials

  • Customize a Presentation. Designed powerpoint slides that you can adapt. View the powerpoint
  • Engage the Parent Community. Guidance on how SEL and leadership connect. Visit the website
  • Writing about SEL. Five tips to accurately communicate about SEL in written pieces. View the article

Infographics/Social Media Posts

  • Share with your Network. Infographics and social media graphics to spread the word. Right click an image to download and save to your computer. #SpeakUpForSEL Download the posts. 

SELebrate Supportive Voices

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Why do teachers, principals, parents, and students agree that SEL is essential? Hear from a diverse collective of SEL champions that believe in the power of SEL.

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