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 our SEL in Schools section for more on schoolwide SEL implementation. In the spring of 2018, CASEL will be releasing The Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning to provide a framework for implementation and recommended resources for school-based teams.

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 (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.