State Resource Center

Curated for state leaders and informed by our Collaborating States Initiative, our State Resource Center can help state education agencies create and promote state-level SEL practices and policies.

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?

We often say that we can’t jump over the adults to get to the students. And so we really are building up adult capacities so that we can support the development of children and youth.
State education agency representative

Mapping the Journey

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The State Resource Center has a lot to offer. We recommend exploring these key areas first to help you best utilize the curated library:

  1. Do a deep dive into the state theory of action. Our 2020 report explores how to use the theory of action as a tool.
  2. Use our how-to guidance assessment. Our three process tools can help develop learning goals to support SEL:

How can the state resource center guide your efforts?

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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:

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:

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:

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?

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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

To learn about how your state is supporting student needs by prioritizing social, educational, and academic development (SEAD), check out this tool from the Education Trust.

The Collaborating States Initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of Pure Edge, Inc.

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