State education agencies can play a critical role in creating the necessary, equitable conditions for social and emotional learning (SEL) to thrive in their classrooms and schools.
That is why across the country, we are seeing states tackle policy and practice challenges with innovative strategies to bring systemic, evidence-based SEL to their communities. So how can we learn from the examples that are emerging to support state-level SEL efforts nationwide?
Mapping the JourneyBack to top
The State Resource Center has a lot to offer. We recommend exploring these key areas first to help you best utilize the curated library:
- Do a deep dive into the state theory of action. Our 2020 report explores how to use the theory of action as a tool.
- Use our how-to guidance assessment. Our three process tools can help develop learning goals to support SEL:
- Features of high-quality policies and guidelines
- Recommended process for engaging a team on policies and guidelines
- Guidance on how to develop state policies and guidelines
How can the state resource center guide your efforts?Back to top
The state resource center offers quality guidance and adaptable resources that are organized by our state theory of action. The focus areas can help align SEL policies and practices at every level, from state capitals to classrooms. Explore each activity below to find recommended resources from CASEL, partner organizations, and state education agencies.
Looking for SEL policies and guidelines, organized by state? Explore our interactive state map.
Begin by building foundational support and plans:
SEL is most effective when states establish a strong foundation and build the necessary support and plans to ensure SEL can thrive. Explore resources on:
- Frameworks, competencies, standards, guidelines for articulating what students should know and be able to do with regard to SEL.
- Vision, strategic planning, and communications for demonstrating SEL as a statewide priority.
- Integration of SEL with other state priorities such as multi-tiered systems of support, and career planning and workforce development.
- Policy and funding support for leveraging federal policy and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
- Career planning and workforce readiness to prepare students for success as lifelong, engaged learners.
Strengthen adult competencies and capacity:
Promoting SEL requires adults who have social, emotional, and cognitive skills and continuously
engage in and reflect on their own learning to best support young people. Explore resources on:
- School cultures and climates for creating a supportive, positive learning environment.
- Culturally and linguistically responsive practices so that educators are promoting equitable practices.
- Professional development for offering effective and ongoing state wide opportunities to support educators and staff.
Promote SEL for and with students:
Effective SEL policies, guidance, and tools are critical to promote the implementation of systemic SEL throughout the state. Explore resources on:
- Integration with academics and instruction for optimally supporting social and emotional development throughout the school day.
- Teacher practices to support student development for providing guidance on the selection and implementation of evidence-based SEL practices.
- Implementation guidance for supporting and strengthening high-quality efforts in schools and districts.
- Evidence-based programs for guiding schools and districts in selecting SEL programs.
Use data for continuous improvement:
Continuous improvement is an ongoing, deliberate, and structured process that is embedded throughout the other areas to address problems of practice and improve outcomes. Explore resources on:
- Assessment tools for assessing, monitoring, and improving schoolwide strategies and progress.
Seeking more state-level SEL support?Back to top
One of the most powerful ways to advance SEL is through communities of practice that allow educators to be inspired by and learn from each other. CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative partners with more than 40 states to offer a community of practice, high-quality technical assistance and expertise, and deeper partnerships on research agendas.
If your state education agency is interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.