In Loving Memory of Dr. Roger P. Weissberg1951—2021
Fulfilling A Lifelong Mission: Making Children’s Lives Better
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our much loved and admired friend and colleague – Dr. Roger P. Weissberg. For more than 25 years, he served as a leader, mentor, and collaborator to education leaders and advocates across the country.
As one of the earliest supporters and leading voices for social and emotional learning (SEL), Dr. Weissberg dedicated his career to improving the lives of children. He was CASEL’s chief knowledge officer, board vice chair, and co-founder, as well as Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the past four decades, he inspired scholars and practitioners to innovate, design, implement, and evaluate strategies for working with families, schools, and communities to promote SEL.
Even during his remarkable health challenges, he celebrated the power of SEL to support others in their health journeys.
“When one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a key decision involves how to spend your final phase of life. I will finish my life as I have lived it for 69 years – helping to make the world a better place by sharing scholarship and love.”
Social and emotional learning was Roger’s passion, focus, and joy. We will continue to honor and celebrate him and his commitment to SEL throughout all of our work.
Roger shared that the greatest recognition of his professional career was the CASEL Weissberg Scholars Program for Innovators of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning, launching this fall.
This professional learning community of early career scholars is one of many lasting legacies that will continue to advance Roger’s approach to research and collaboration.
At Roger’s request, his family is requesting any donations to please go to the CASEL Weissberg Scholars program.
2021: Roger’s personal SEL story during his medical journey
2020: Systemic social and emotional learning: Promoting educational success for all preschool to high school students.
2019: Roger’s central research question.
2017: Promoting positive youth development through school-based social and emotional learning interventions: A meta-analysis of follow-up effects.
2015: Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice.
2011: The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions.
Remembering Roger: We invite you to share your thoughts and remembrances below, or you can send a private note to the CASEL team at firstname.lastname@example.org.