National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

In one of the most important developments in the field in the past 20 years, in September 2016 the Aspen Institute launched the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

The commission unites leaders from multiple sectors, including education, research, business, health, and the military to advance a broader vision of education success. Members are exploring how to fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development into school design and culture as well as teaching and learning. As part of this work, the commission is learning crucial lessons from teachers, parents, and students in communities across the country, including from CASEL’s growing number of Partner Districts.

The commission joins CASEL in efforts to unify the country around the importance of an integrated vision of SEL and academics. Two of the commission’s three co-chairs, Tim Shriver and Linda Darling-Hammond, are CASEL board members. CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer Roger Weissberg is a commissioner. And CASEL is one of several Partner Collaborators.

NCSEAD Resources

Newsletter, Social Media, Blog

Learning Is Social blog (with Education Week)

Calls to Action

Youth Call to Action (April 2018)

Family Call to Action (April 2018)


The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (March 2018)

Interim Report: How Learning Happens (January 2018)

The Evidence Base for How We Learn (September 2017)


Three videos profile Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, a member of CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (February 2018)

Case Studies

School-Community Partnerships (April 2018)

Supporting the Whole Teacher (December 2017)

Putting It All Together (August 2017)

General information here

Resources page here