High School SEL Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff that focuses on social and emotional learning in a high school setting.

Also check out this curated list of articles and videos for educators that illustrate what SEL looks like in a high school setting. Explore these links to find grade-differentiated resources for professional learning and planning.

Articles and Book Chapters

Beland, K. (2007). Boosting social and emotional competence. Educational Leadership. 64, 68-71.
Chapter available with purchase.
Cervone, B., & Cushman, K. (2014). Learning by heart: The power of social-emotional learning in secondary schools – Executive summary. Providence, RI: What Kids Can Do.
View the summary.
Williamson, A. A., Modecki, K. L., & Guerra, N. G. (2015). SEL programs in high school. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 181-196). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.


CASEL (2018). Schoolwide Guide to SEL. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.
CASEL (2013). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Middle and high school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.


Domitrovich, C.E., Syvertsen, A. K. & Calin, S. S. (2017). Promoting social and emotional learning in the middle and high school years. Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.
View the report.
Hamedani, M. G., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2014). Social emotional learning in high school: How three urban high schools engage, educate, and empower youth. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).
View the report and case studies.
CASEL (2018). Respected. Perspectives of Youth on High School & Social and Emotional Learning Chicago: Author.
View the report.


Students in the Boston public schools speak out on how to build positive relationships between students and teachers. (3.5 minutes.)

What every student wants their teachers to know (2015). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nH6Pq93C1c
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Rivera, a leading proponent of the concept of student voice, describes his experience with using hip-hop to engage young people in school. (19 minutes)

Hip-Hop(e): TEDx Grand Rapids. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRQ0ffu19iY&feature=share&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rMRD1j7J3weQUV6Q8H__RdF&index=5
View the video.