Employability and Workforce Readiness

Workforce readiness, college and career readiness, and 21st-century skills are closely aligned with SEL, because social and emotional skills (such as self-management, communication, goal setting, collaboration, and responsible decision-making) are all critical skills for success in college and career.


Why Social and Emotional Learning and Employability Skills Should Be Prioritized in Education. Co-authored by Committee for Children, this makes the case to policymakers how SEL skills relate to employability. Useful for all audiences with a business perspective. (2016)


American Enterprise Institute: STEM without fruit: How noncognitive skills improve workforce outcomes. This 12-page brief makes the case for why skills such as  listening, problem-solving, teamwork, integrity, and dependability are key to improving long-term labor market outcomes. Useful for making the case that SEL strengthens job prospects and performance. (November 2018)

Aspen Institute: This Time, With Feeling: Integrating SEL Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards. 
Focusing on the integration of SEL with college and career readiness standards, this brief outlines the mutually reinforcing benefits of the two frameworks. It may be helpful if you are interested in integrating SEL into English Language Arts, mathematics, and science instruction and/or college and career readiness activities.


Kansas: SECD Aligned to CCR Standards. This crosswalk document aligns the Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Model Standards to College and Career Readiness Standards, with indicators and developmental benchmarks in grade bands. It serves as an example of how SEL supports students’ college and career preparation and aligns to state standards.

Plus, CASEL’s Frameworks brief has 10 other state examples.