CASEL Program Guides

Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs

The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of social and emotional programs and applies this framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States. The Guide also shares best-practice guidelines for district and school teams on how to select and implement SEL programs. Finally, it offers recommendations for future priorities to advance SEL research and practice.

We are grateful to the 1440 Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, and NoVo Foundation for their generous support of this effort. We also thank the many SEL program developers and researchers who have generously and graciously shared their evaluation reports, curriculum materials, and professional learning strategies during our extensive review process. And we express our sincere appreciation to the CASEL board of directors and the team of colleagues at CASEL and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social and Emotional Learning Research Group who produced this guide.

Select one of the two buttons below to view either the Preschool and Elementary Edition or the Middle and High School Edition of the CASEL Guide.

The review cycle for the CASEL Program Guide has closed. We will be announcing the next review cycle in the coming months. Check back for updates on specific dates. Questions about the review should be directed to The Program Guide Review Team.