Based on our extensive experience supporting state and district teams, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) designed this tool to support teams as they work through the process of developing policies and guidance.

In our work with states, we have observed that most follow a similar process when they develop policies or guidelines to support statewide implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL), such as establishing learning goals or standards for student social and emotional competencies, or providing guidance to support implementation of SEL. This document is designed to help guide the process of developing, implementing, and sustaining SEL policies and practices by state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) that want to implement SEL policies and guidelines.

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