CASEL is transforming American education through social and emotional learning.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defined SEL more than two decades ago. Today, we collaborate with leading experts and support districts, schools, and states nationwide to drive research, guide practice, and inform policy.

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Through research, practice, and policy, we collaborate with thought leaders to equip educators and policymakers with the knowledge and resources to advance social and emotional learning in equitable learning environments so all students can thrive.

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What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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2020 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange

October 14-16, 2020, Chicago, Ill.

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Latest Resources

Brief: SEL Learning Competencies/Standards in 18 States

A report on K-12 SEL learning standards/competencies that states have developed. This report updates CASEL's 2019 analysis to include four additional sets of learning standards (for a total of 18 states) and provides important updates about the original 14 states.

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SEL Tools

Looking for support? Browse our resources created in collaboration with expert practitioners and scholars

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Resources from districts where SEL programs, practices, and policies are working.

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Guidance for systemic SEL implementation in a school.

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Sample policies and practices that support SEL.

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Guidance to choose and use an SEL assessment.

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Recommendations for selecting a high-quality SEL program.

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Resources to bring SEL into your home and communities.

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Data and research to help make the case for high-quality SEL.

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