Social & Emotional Learning Resources
“A student who feels better connected to a school and better connected to a classroom and learning is apt to come to school more regularly. There are two sides of education, the academic and the social-emotional. You need both to be successful.” -- Jose Banda, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
5 Keys to Social and Emotional Success - Edutopia Video
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) programs can help schools engage their students and improve achievement. Explore the classroom practices that make up the best and most effective SEL programs.
CASEL - Financial Sustainability
This is a toolkit on financial sustainability to help school districts develop their own plans for implementing SEL.
CASEL - Collaborating Districts Initiative
In 2011 CASEL embarked on an effort to put research into action by launching the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) — a partnership among CASEL, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and initially eight large school districts across the country. Since implementation of the CDI, academic achievement has improved consistently in reading and math. Teachers have become more effective. Attendance and graduation rates are up. Suspensions and expulsions are down. Students feel safer and more connected to school.
Why Social and Emotional Learning is Essential for Students
Februrary 2016 Edutopia article highlighting short and long term benefits and tips for implementing SEL in schools.
5 Myths Working Against SEL Implementation
Edutopia article on mindsets that are holding back SEL and character education and ultimately limiting the power schools have to change the trajectory of student lives.
5 Reasons to Invest in the Social Emotional Development of Children
A paper by Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Hugh Price asserts "research and real-world experience demonstrate convincingly that investing in the academic and social development of youngsters left way behind pays welcome dividends. SEL deserves, at long last, a prominent place in school reform policy and practice,” he concludes. In the paper, Price notes that a recent Teachers College study shows that “for every dollar invested in SEL programs, there is a return of eleven dollars, a rate of economic return that would be the envy even of hedge funds,”
Common Sense Media resources for parents, educators and advocates
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