Summary

How can states ensure that their SEL policies and practices are aligned from the capital to the classroom? To help answer that question, we have deliberately aligned our state, district, and school theories of action.

Our Collaborating States Initiative, modeled after a similar effort directed at school districts, was developed to help states create, implement, and share effective efforts. Participation grew rapidly from only a handful of state agencies in 2016 to 38 by 2020. Although the key activities and desired outcomes necessarily differ by level, using the same four focus areas helps ensure that policymakers and practitioners at every level are on the same page about the overall logic model for successful implementation of systemic SEL. The four priority areas are:
  • Build foundational support and plan for SEL
  • Strengthen adult SEL competencies and capacity
  • Promote SEL for and with students
  • Reflect on data for continuous improvement
For each area, this report suggests activities state leaders can take embedded in a cycle of continuous improvement, plus a practical four-part rubric to support effective implementation. The report also includes a helpful list of Do’s and Don’ts for state education agencies.

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Wisconsin: Regional Career Pathways Link SEL to Career and Workforce Development
Articles & Briefs Wisconsin: Regional Career Pathways Link SEL to Career and Workforce Development CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
May 12, 2022
Delaware: Partnerships Integrate SEL With Career and Workforce Development to Define a New Generation of Learners
Articles & Briefs Delaware: Partnerships Integrate SEL With Career and Workforce Development to Define a New Generation of Learners CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Delaware Department of Education
May 12, 2022
Kansas: A Vision for Integrating SEL with Career and Workforce Development for Students
Articles & Briefs Kansas: A Vision for Integrating SEL with Career and Workforce Development for Students CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Kansas State Department of Education
May 12, 2022

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