National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, after two years of research and discussion, issued sweeping recommendations in January 2019 to strengthen SEL. The final report includes recommendations in research, practice, and policy for helping states and local communities close the gap between what we know about how learning happens and the learning experiences young people are engaged in every day.

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

NCSEAD’s work has since transitioned to America’s Promise Alliance, whose website (How Learning Happens) includes multiple resources, including the final report, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope. 

NCSEAD Resources

All reports, videos, and tools are available here.

Final reports

From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope (January 2019)

Research Agenda (2019)

Practice Agenda (2019)

Policy Agenda (2019)

Communications Resources

Communications Toolkit

Learning Is Social and Emotional 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)