Collaborators’ Research

Leading researchers from multiple disciplines are contributing to knowledge about social and emotional learning (SEL). These disciplines include education, psychology, sociology, public health, neuroscience, and more.

We regularly draw from the work of the national leaders on our Research Advisory Group and Assessment Work Group. And our Zins Award recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field.

This page highlights important current research publications and reports. It also identifies resources and websites with the latest research. We will update it regularly, archiving all documents in the CASEL Resource Library.

Highlights from Recent and Important SEL Research and Scholarship

  • The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning
    Clive Belfield, Brooks Bowden, Alli Klapp, Henry Levin, Robert Shand, and Sabine Zander

    February 2015 This report reveals, on average, that every dollar invested in SEL programming yields $11 in long-term benefits. These benefits include reduced juvenile crime, higher lifetime earnings, and better mental and physical health.

  • The Other Side of the Report Card
    Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito, and Dominic Morceri

    2016 Grounded in research and the authors’ work with teachers and administrators, this book from Corwin Press offers guidance on retooling report cards to better reflect the whole child, integrating SEL and character development into any school or districtwide grading system.