SEL Stories

The data is one way to tell the story of how social and emotional learning impacts both students and adults. Stories are just as powerful. First Person reflections, Case Studies, Ask the Expert insights, and Videos round out the picture and help make a compelling case why SEL should be a priority for every student from preschool through high school.



    “I remember the first day I went to a training at the school a gentleman came up to me, and he later became my mentor. He said, ‘What are you going to do when things get really hard?'”–Kyla Krengel, SEL Director, Nashville

    In their own words leaders in the SEL field tell why SEL is important and how it became a pillar of their educational approach. Learn more.


    Case Studies

    A teacher holds a morning meeting in Washoe County, Nev., one of the districts featured in our case studies.

    In these portraits of SEL in action, we show through first-hand observations what SEL looks like in districts and schools across the country—the inspiring leaders, the teamwork and commitment that’s needed to make SEL a priority, and the positive impact on everyone involved, adults and children alike. Learn more.


    Ask the Experts

    L., Mary Hurley, SEL coordinator for the Oakland (Calif.) public schools and, r., Zaretta Hammond, author of books on the role of culture in education.

    Every month we interview leaders in the SEL field to get their insights into topics of broad current interest. Most of the interviews involve both a researcher and a practitioner. All reflect cutting-edge knowledge about key SEL issues.  Learn more.



    Through SEL teachers focus on innovative ways to engage all their students in learning. Our videos show how it’s done.

    Video may be the most powerful story-telling medium of all. CASEL produces videos based on our work with districts and schools, and we also link to the excellent videos on social and emotional learning created by partner organizations, school districts, and collaborators. Learn more.