Teacher Practices

  • As part of their participation in the CSI, states are asked to develop customized SEL plans and activities based on each state’s unique context. Some states are developing guidelines or professional learning to support student SEL. Others are articulating learning goals for student SEL. Some are strategically integrating SEL into existing programs and priorities, including academics. Still others are using a combination of these strategies. All are committed to creating statewide conditions where educators are effectively equipped and encouraged to support their students’ social and emotional development.

    Resources by Category

    Learning Goals. The CSI recommends that states articulate what students should know and be able to do with regard to SEL (across all five core competencies of SEL), including developmental benchmarks or indicators.

    Integration/Alignment. Educational goals for SEL should be integrated and aligned with academic standards.

    Teacher Practices. The CSI recommends that state working groups provide guidance for teachers regarding evidence-based approaches and teacher practices designed to support students’ social and emotional development.

    School Climate. State working groups should include guidelines on how educators can be intentional about creating a positive learning environment.

    Culture/Language. The state working groups should provide guidance to ensure that learning goals, teaching practices, and approaches are culturally and linguistically appropriate and engaging for all students.

    Implementation. There are three parts to successful implementation: (1) evidence-based programs as well as broader guidance on SEL implementation to ensure that teachers have effective strategies and activities to support student SEL, (2) assessment tools that allow teachers to effectively monitor their students’ progress, and (3) professional development strategies to ensure that teachers are equipped to successfully implement SEL.

    Funding/Support. Developing strategies to provide long-term funding and support for SEL implementation is critically important in order to make statewide SEL viable and sustainable.