FAQs

  • Past Recipients

    Early Career Contributions by an SEL Researcher Awards: Sara Rimm-Kaufman (2007), Marc Brackett (2009), Celene Domitrovich (2011), Angela Lee Duckworth (2012), Stephanie Jones (2013), David Yeager (2015) Camille A. Farrington and Anne Gregory (2018) Distinguished Scholar Awards for Contributions by an SEL Researcher: Maurice Elias, Edward Zigler (2011), J. David Hawkins (2012), Joseph Durlak (2013), Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (2015), and David Osher (2018).

  • Joseph E. Zins Awards Descriptions

    Early Career Contributions by an SEL Researcher Awards: This award will be presented to a researcher who has made substantial contributions to the field of SEL in schools or school districts. Eligibility is limited to SEL researchers at the Research Scientist or Assistant or Associate Professor level. These contributions could include applied research, theoretical contributions, or research on curriculum, policies, or practices. Distinguished Scholar Awards for Contributions by an SEL Researcher: This award will be presented to a senior investigator (Senior Research Scientist or Full Professor) who has advanced the field of social and emotional learning in schools in important and meaningful ways, across the span of a distinguished career. These contributions could include applied research, theoretical contributions, or research […]

  • Past Recipients

    Federal or State Policymaking Related to Social and Emotional Learning: Congresswoman Judy Biggert (2011), Congressman Dale Kildee (2011), Congressman Tim Ryan (2012), Ellen Moir (2015), James Comer (2015), Joan Duffell (2018), and Tom Roderick (2018). District or School Leadership Related to Effective Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning: Carol Comeau (2012), Jillian Ahrens, Linda DePriest, Koua Jacklyn Franz, Ed Graff, Sherrie Raven, Trish Shaffer, Kristina Tank-Crestetto, Karen VanAusdal (2013), and Michelle Van Allen (2018).

  • Mary Utne O’Brien Awards Descriptions

    Federal or State Policymaking Related to Social and Emotional Learning: This award will be presented to elected officials, policymakers, or international field leaders who have made important contributions to integrating SEL into federal- or state-level policies affecting Pre-K-12 education.  District or School Leadership Related to Effective Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning: This award will be presented to a district or school leader who has provided the vision, inspiration, and practical strategies for developing the infrastructure and support for high-quality SEL at the district or school level. 

  • 4.3 Partner with families & community members to improve

      Examining Transition Data With an Equity Lens (CASEL) This data reflection protocol and key questions can be used as part of a data review routine, with an eye toward how decisions impact equity and outcomes. Why Am I Always Being Researched? (Chicago Beyond) This guidebook was made to help shift the power dynamic between those doing the research and the communities who are the subjects of research to address unintended bias and restore communities as authors and owners. School Climate Survey Compendium (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) This webpage gathers valid and reliable surveys, assessments, and scales of school climate to help educators identify and assess their conditions for learning. ED School Climate Surveys (U.S. Department of […]

  • 4.2 Support educators in reflecting on instruction & environment

      SEL Through Distance Learning: Teacher Self-Assessment (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This self-assessment provides insight into strengths and areas to develop as educators promote SEL through distance learning and at-home assignments. PIRL: Preparation, Interaction, Reflection and Logistics Tool (Denver Afterschool Alliance) This 24-item rubric can help you improve online, live sessions on platforms where youth are engaging with an instructor and their peers. SEL Look-Fors in Blended Learning (CASEL) Use this tool to reflect on a learning activity you have designed or led after it has taken place, or ask a colleague to use it as they observe you. SEL Teacher Self-Check Tool (Transforming Education) This tool encourages educators to reflect on their own progress toward cultivating positive environments […]

  • 4.1 Elevate student voice in reflecting and acting on data

      Understand and Improve Students’ Learning Experiences (PERTS—Project for Education Research that Scales) Copilot-Elevate helps educators customize a short survey to learn how students are experiencing school, review results to see how experiences are promoting or hindering equitable learning, learn new practices to try with students, and track improvement over time. Strategies for Gathering Student Feedback (CASEL) Choose from or adapt these methods for hearing from your students about their learning experience in the new school year, whether instruction and learning is taking place at school or elsewhere. Examining Your School’s Climate (Teaching Tolerance) This short school climate questionnaire and social mapping activity can be used to work with students to analyze differing perceptions of school climate. Measuring and Improving […]

  • 3.5 Collaborate with families & partners

      Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs in Reopening and Rebuilding (AIR) This document includes recommendations on ways to include afterschool and summer programming to support students’ transition back to school. Collaboration Tools for Building SEL Across the School Day and Out-of-School Time (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This tool includes guidelines and activities for building strong collaborative relationships between schools and community partners to align SEL practices and learn from one another. Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers (AIR) Tools in English and Spanish for parents for fostering emotional health and well-being within their home. Making Families Feel Welcome (Siegel, Esqueda, Berkowitz, Sullivan, Astor, & Benbenishty (2019), via Greater […]