SEL in Action

The most effective social and emotional learning (SEL) requires a strategic, systemic approach that involves everyone, from district and school leaders to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need. Successful SEL is not a standalone program or an add-on. It is central to how schools, communities, and families value and support the social, emotional, and academic development of their children. In this section, we present a variety of tools and resources that make SEL in action effective.

  • District Resource Center

    CASEL’s social and emotional learning District Resource Center is a rich new set of online guidance and resources for initiating, developing, implementing, and assessing districtwide implementation of SEL. Organized according to the 10 key areas outlined in CASEL’s District Framework for Systemic SEL, the District Resource Center includes implementation strategies as well as hundreds of resources and artifacts that are a direct outcome of CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), established in 2011 to support the promotion and implementation of systemic SEL.
    Watch the introductory video.
    • Visit the District Resource Center.
    • Take our Priority Setting Questionnaire to help you reflect on your own SEL readiness and current work towards a systemic SEL implementation.

School, Classroom, and Home Resources

  • Coaching

    School leaders are establishing a welcoming climate of teamwork and collaboration and integrating SEL into all aspects of the school day.

    Learn more.

  • Kids

    In classrooms teachers are modeling respect and empowering students in every interaction and teaching SEL directly and as part of reading, math, and other subjects.

    Learn more.

  • Father and Son

    In homes family members are modeling and supporting the kinds of positive behaviors that help children develop into competent and caring adults.

    Learn more.