States play a critical role in helping to ensure that all students in preschool through high school receive high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL). They can establish learning benchmarks, guidelines, and goals. They can provide funding and professional development support to districts. They can create a platform for districts and schools to share best practices and lessons learned. In all of these roles, state education agencies can help create the conditions where SEL can thrive at the district, school, community, and family levels.
In 2016, CASEL launched this multi-state initiative to support states in creating these conditions. As of July 2019, 30 states and one territory (serving more than 35 million K-12 students) have participated in the work.
Since 2010, CASEL has conducted an ongoing scan of state policies and learning goals related to SEL. Check out our interactive map.
State resources for SEL
Working through the CSI, states have produced an extensive and growing portfolio of annotated and curated state resources and tools. View here.
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