Middle School SEL Resources

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

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

Articles and Books

Beland, K. (2007). Boosting social and emotional competence. Educational Leadership. 64, 68-71.
Chapter available with purchase.
Elias, M. J., Tobias, S.E (2018). Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills (Grades 5–9). Golden Valley, MN: Free Spirit.
Purchase the book from the publisher.
Jagers, R. J., Harris, A., & Skoog, A. (2015). A review of classroom-based SEL programs at the middle school level. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 167-180). 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.
Haggerty, K., Elgin, J., & Woolley, A. (2011). Social-emotional learning assessment measures for middle school youth. Seattle, WA: Social Development Research Group, University of Washington.
View the report.
Payton, J. W., Weissberg, R. P., Durlak, J.A., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., Schellinger, K.B., & Pachan, M. (2008). The positive impact of social and emotional learning for kindergarten to eighth-grade students: Findings from three scientific reviews. Chicago, IL: CASEL.
View the brief.


Roberto 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.