• 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

    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.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Social and Emotional Learning for Illinois Students: Policy, Practice and Progress – How Illinois SEL Standards Came to Be and What the State Has Learned Through Putting Them into Practice (2011)

    This report, published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, provides background and updates on the implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) statewide in Illinois, including the implementation of the nation’s first comprehensive K-12 standards and benchmarks for SEL.


    Gordon, R., Ji, P. Mulhall, P., Shaw, B., & Weissberg, R.P. (2011). Social and emotional learning for Illinois students: Policy, practice and progress. In: The Illinois Report: 2011. Urbana, IL: Institute for Government and Public Affairs.



  • Article

    The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards: Leading the Way for School and Student Success (2009)

    The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards for grades K-12 were the first comprehensive standards for social and emotional learning (SEL) in the U.S. This article describes how the standards were developed and why they are important to students’ school and life success. It describes the Illinois standards and provides guidelines for effective implementation of the standards and of SEL generally.


    O’Brien, M.U. & Resnik, H. (2009). The Illinois social and emotional learning (SEL) standards: Leading the way for school and student success. Building leadership: Illinois Principals Association bulletin, 16 (7), 1-5.



  • Guide/Tool/Artifact

    Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs (2005)

    This was CASEL’s first review of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. The guide identifies 80 currently available programs and singles out 22 of them as “SELect,” i.e., meeting high standards for research and program developer support.


    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (2005). Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs. Chicago, IL: Author.