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.

Anticipating a 2021 update of this frequently accessed resource, CASEL has published revised criteria for evidence-based SEL programming. The revised criteria reflect the significant progress the field has made in areas such as academic integration, equity, adult SEL, and partnerships with families and communities–and CASEL’s updated definitions of SEL. To learn more about the revised criteria, read our rationale paper and quick facts, which address questions such as:

  • How are federal ESSA evaluation requirements accounted for?
  • How is equity elevated and represented in the revised criteria?
  • Why did we expand the number of outcomes to be considered during program reviews?

A new edition of the Program Guide will be published in summer 2021 for preschool through high school programs rated in one of three categories: SELect (the program met or exceeded all of CASEL’s criteria); Promising (met or exceeded most criteria); and SEL-Supportive (aligned with SEL, primarily emphasizing interpersonal or intrapersonal competence).


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.



We plan to host another review cycle in Summer 2021. A more exact date will be released in the future. Subscribe to CASEL’s Newsletter to be alerted of the portal opening date. Questions about the review should be directed to The Program Guide Review Team.