SEL as a Lever for Equity

CASEL continues to be committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning (SEL). Through ongoing efforts with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, CASEL has been deepening what we know about SEL and equity. Information about our initiatives and access to our resources to advance SEL as a lever for equity are below.

  • DEVELOP A TRANSFORMATIVE SEL FRAMEWORK

    We are leading collaborative efforts with partner organizations to develop a transformative SEL framework. Transformative SEL is anchored in the notion of justice-oriented citizenship, with issues of culture, identity, agency, belonging, and engagement explored as relevant expressions of the five core SEL competencies.


    CREATE MORE EQUITABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS 

    CASEL continues to clarify and improve our systemic approach to SEL to help cultivate adult and student practices that close opportunity gaps and create more inclusive school communities. We are updating and improving our theory of action, guides, and resources to advance equitable learning environments where all students and adults feel respected, valued, and affirmed in their individual interests, talents, social identities, cultural values, and backgrounds.


    ENGAGE IN PARTNERSHIPS TO DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING

    With a growing number of partners, CASEL is creating a more comprehensive approach to education, one that will lead to a more equitable, just, and productive society. Through key initiatives with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, CASEL is creating, testing, measuring, and refining practical approaches for SEL with important implications for promoting identity, agency, belonging and civic engagement among children, youth, and adults.

    For example, since 2016, CASEL has convened an Equity Work Group with SEL and Equity leaders from 20 school districts and organizational partners.


    LIFTING UP EXPERT VOICES

    CASEL is committed to sharing important perspectives from leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Through weekly webinars, a curated resource library, and social media channels, we provide expertise and guidance on issues of equity and diversity; building community and positive relationships; strategies for addressing systemic oppression and racism; and more.

    • Curated resources in response to COVID-19: Actions for Equity
    • Owning Your Power to Raise Kids That Challenge Racism with Dr. Bloodine Barthelus and Dr. Debbie Rivas-Drake. Webinar
    • The Urgency of Educational Equity Now with John B. King, Jr. and Karen Pittman. Webinar
    • Leading for Equity in Challenging Times with the National Equity Project. Webinar
    • Building a Culture of Equity Through SEL with Robert J. Jagers, Taryn Ishida, Roberto Rivera, Dena Simmons, and Meena Srinivasan. Conference Plenary Video
    • SEL Research Library: Category – Equity
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Recommended Resources

  ASCD: How to Be an Antiracist Educator
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  Facing History and Ourselves: Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students
  • This guide provides strategies that educators can use to facilitate open conversations with students talk about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination
  NAEYC: Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families
  • This article addresses the importance of talking about race and racism in developmentally appropriate ways with young people
  National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Talking About Race” Web Portal
  • This online portal is designed to help educators, families, and other individuals talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape society
  EdWeek: 15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest
  • This article offers a list of resources specifically for classroom teachers, based on experiences of other teachers across the country
  Facing History and Ourselves: Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans
  • This teaching guide will help teachers begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it, including reflection activities to prepare for teaching, creating space for emotional processing, and diving deeper with multimedia tools