State Resources

Process Tools for States

States have used these tools to develop their SEL competencies and guidelines.

Key Features of High-Quality Standards and Guidelines to Support Social and Emotional Learning 

The Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) Recommended Process for Developing State Policies and Guidelines to Support Social and Emotional Learning 

A Process for Developing and Articulating Learning Goals or Competencies for Social and Emotional Learning 

Integrating SEL Into General Teaching Practice

Five downloadable CSI resources, developed in partnership with educational leaders in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, help educators integrate SEL into general teaching practice.

Sample Teaching Activities to Support SEL Core Competencies

SEL in Elementary English Language Arts

SEL in High School English Language Arts

SEL in Elementary Mathematics

SEL in Middle School Social Studies


ESSA, SEL Assessment, and Accountability, with Learning Policy Institute (June 2018)

Emerging Insights from States’ Efforts to Strengthen Social and Emotional Learning (June 2018)

Brief: District Recommendations for How States Can Support SEL (June 2018)

Brief: State Scorecard Scan (Feb. 2018)

Brief: State Efforts to Promote Social and Emotional Learning (Jan. 2017)

Results of CASEL’s 50 State Scorecard Project (Ongoing)

Related Resources

CASEL recommends that schools adopt evidence-based programs to build a comprehensive foundation for SEL. Check out our widely used program guides to high-quality resources.

Brief: What Does Evidence-Based Instruction in Social and Emotional Learning Actually Look Like in Practice? (Oct. 2015)

The CASEL District Resource Center (DRC) provides guidance and 500+ tools for systemic implementation of SEL. View a webinar tour of the DRC on YouTube (May 2017).

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has developed a multimodule online course in social and emotional learning. It’s available for credit to Washington educators and for use by anyone.

Committee for Children offers a brief that tracks state legislation related to exclusionary discipline policies (2018).

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has published a guide to school discipline reform for state decision-makers, Realizing the Full Vision of School Discipline Reform (2017).

This article describes how to implement the Illinois state standards on early learning and child development to affect SEL in the classroom (2015).

This brief from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) offers advice to its members on how to implement SEL policies (2013).

This CASEL report describes how Illinois and Pennsylvania developed SEL standards, preschool through high school (2013).

A report from the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs describes how Illinois legislators adopted policies that led to the development of the state’s K-12 SEL standards (2011).

This CASEL brief describes how CASEL and the University of Illinois at Chicago SEL Research Group conducted the initial scan of state SEL standards (2011).