• The Missing Piece: A National Teacher Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools (2013)

    The central message of this national survey, conducted for CASEL by Civic Enterprises and Peter Hart Associates, is that teachers across America understand that social and emotional learning is critical to student success in school, work, and life. Often cited as evidence that educators want and need social and emotional learning in their schools.


    Civic Enterprises., Bridgeland, J., Bruce, M., & Hariharan, (2013). The Missing Piece: A National Teacher Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Chicago: Author.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Aligning Preschool through High School Social and Emotional Learning Standards – A Critical and Doable Next Step (2013)

    This CASEL brief calls for an alignment of birth to preschool and K-12 state standards for social and emotional learning (SEL). It presents overviews of SEL competencies and state standards and includes examples of aligned SEL standards in two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, that have been leaders for the field. The brief concludes with recommendations for aligning SEL and academic standards and general guidelines for developing state SEL standards.


    Zinsser, K. M., Weissberg, R. P., & Dusenbury, L. (2013). Aligning Preschool through High School Social and Emotional Learning Standards: A Critical and Doable Next Step. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.



  • Guide/Tool/Artifact

    2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs (Preschool and Elementary School Edition) (2013)

    This guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for the preschool and elementary school levels. It uses this framework to rate and identify well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.


    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (2012). 2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Preschool and Elementary School Edition. Chicago, IL: Author.



  • Article

    Academic Learning + Social-Emotional Learning = National Priority (2013)

    This article by CASEL's Roger Weissberg and Jason Cascarino appeared in the October 2013 issue of Phi Delta Kappan. The theme of the issue was social and emotional learning.


    Weissberg, R. P. & Cascarino, J. (2013). Academic learning + social-emotional learning = national priority. Phi Delta Kappan, 95(2): 8-13.



  • Article

    Educators’ Social and Emotional Skills Vital to Learning (2013)

    This article focuses on social and emotional learning as it relates to teachers. It describes promising interventions for promoting teacher competencies and strategies educators can use to help their students master social and emotional skills, attitudes, and behaviors.


    Jones, S. M., Bouffard, S. M., & Weissboard, R. (2013). Educators’ social and emotional skills vital to learning. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(8), 62-65.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Social and Emotional Learning in Schools: From Programs to Strategies (2012)

    This report, from the Society for Research in Child Development, provides an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools. It argues for going beyond programmatic approaches to a strategy that integrates SEL into all aspects of educational practice, including academic instruction and school climate. 


    Jones, S. M., & Bouffard, S. M. (2012). Social and emotional learning in schools: From programs to strategies. Social Policy Report, 26(4), Society for Research in Child Development.



  • Research Study

    The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions (2011)

    This review of 213 studies of school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs has become one of the most important and frequently cited documents in the SEL field.


    Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D. & Schellinger, K. B. (2011), The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82: 405–432.



  • Book

    Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success (2010)

    This book provides practical resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K–12 setting. Numerous examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of SEL in supporting students’ mental health, behavior, and academic performance. The book offers a variety of tools and strategies for promoting and monitoring SEL implementation in schools.


    Merrell, K. W., & Gueldner, B.A. (2010). Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success. New York: Guilford Press.



  • Book

    The Handbook of School-Family Partnerships (2010)

    This comprehensive review surveys the evidence about the effects of home-school partnerships on student and school achievement. It provides a brief history of home-school partnerships, presents evidence-based practices for working with families across developmental stages, and provides an agenda for future research and policy.


    Christensen, S.L. & Reschly, A.L. (2010). The Handbook of School-Family Partnerships for Promoting Social Competence. New York: Routledge.



  • Brochure/Handout

    7 Compelling Reasons Why Illinois School Leaders Are Putting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to Work in Their Schools (2009)

    This trifold brochure summarizes the Illinois social and emotional learning standards and encourages educators and others to follow up with training and other resources provided by the authors.


    Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, University of Illinois Extension, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), & Illinois State Board of Education. (2009). 7 Compelling Reasons Why Illinois School Leaders Are Putting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to Work in Their Schools. Chicago, Springfield: Authors.