CSI Resources: Vision & Communications

Recommended Process Tool for Developing State Guidelines and Practices to Support SEL. Many states have used this tool to help craft their SEL vision and strategic plan. Districts says that communicating the importance of SEL is the most useful action states can take. (January 2017)

Emerging Insights from States’ Efforts to Strengthen SEL. This report shares lessons learned in the first two years of working with states. (June 2018)

CSI Spotlight: Innovation in Action—How States and School Districts Are Collaborating to Promote Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Strategies states have used to connect with, support, and learn from districts. (September 2018)

CSI Spotlight: Deeper Insights—How Six States are Collaborating with Local and Regional Educators to Implement Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  A closer look at some innovative efforts currently underway to partner with and support districts in Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. (September 2018)

Social and Emotional Learning in State Strategic Plans: Examples and Opportunities. This overview is useful for understanding how state education agencies are using various approaches to incorporate SEL into their strategic plans. (October 2018)

District Recommendations for How States Can Support SEL. This brief is based on numerous conversations with district leaders, as well as consultations with states. Useful in gaining insights into which aspects of communicating about SEL should be a priority.

The Missing Piece. This report, developed for CASEL by Civic Enterprises and Hart Research Associates, shares results of a national survey of teacher attitudes and experiences with SEL. It is unique in prioritizing the views of teachers. Use it to help make the case for SEL among teachers.

Ready to Lead: A National Principal Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools. Developed for CASEL by Civic Enterprises and Hart Research Associates, this report presents findings from a national survey of school principals that shows strong support for SEL and a need for resources for implementation and professional learning.

CASEL’s District Resource Center provides numerous resources related to communications about SEL, including development of a comprehensive district communications plan. More here. 


National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope. The final report includes key findings, recommendations, and examples from the multisector coalition whose goal was to build national consensus on the need to integrate SEL and academics into the fabric of American education. Separate, more detailed agendas for policy, research, and practice also are available. (January 2019) NEW

National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: Communications Resources.  Posters, videos, infographics and other tools that help explain the benefits on SEL. In English and Spanish. (January 2019) NEW

McGraw-Hill Education: 2018 Social and Emotional Learning Report. Extensive survey of 1,100-plus educators, administrators, and parents about the professional development, resources, and support for social and emotional learning (SEL) in PreK-12 classrooms. Provides good insights on SEL implementation. (Fall 2018) NEW

Wallace Foundation: Social and Emotional Learning: Feedback and Communications Insights from the Field. Market researchers explore the linguistic landscape of the many terms used to describe nonacademic skills, including SEL. This resource is useful in exploring the numerous terms and concepts related to SEL.

National Commission: Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) Fact Sheet. A two-page overview of “fast facts” about SEL from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Useful in communicating about SEL to audiences unfamiliar with what it is.


Many states have developed processes and recommendations for communicating a vision for SEL in their approach to defining SEL competencies/guidelines. See our Frameworks/Competencies/Standards page for examples.

California’s Social and Emotional Learning Guiding Principles. This document builds on the implicit and explicit SEL practices already happening in many schools to promote the intentional use of evidence- and research-based practices to guide decision-making about SEL. It can help to empower local stakeholders to continue to advance SEL in ways that meet the needs of their specific contexts and populations.

Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin PK-12 Schools. This two-page infographic makes a clear case for SEL by showing key data from recent reports and summarizing Wisconsin’s “Pyramid Model” of SEL in action.