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 June 2018, 25 states (serving more than 30 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. The work has been supported by funding from the Buena Vista Foundation, NoVo Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, the 1440 Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
State resources for SEL
A variety of resources to promote SEL policy and implementation developed by state education leaders. View here.
Our collaborator Committee for Children maintains a web page that tracks SEL-related legislation in the 50 states. The web page is updated on a regular basis and provides a clickable map of the U.S. with each state’s updates. View it here.
Our work with the states has produced a growing number of resources designed to help states develop and implement policies and programs to support SEL. They include an extensive and growing portfolio of annotated and curated state resources and tools. Also, Emerging Insights documents early lessons from the CSI, and Deeper Insights profiles how six states are supporting local districts.