The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pure Edge Inc. are supporting the implementation of CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative (CSI), which allows us to actively partner with states on the development of policies, learning standards or goals, and guidelines to support statewide implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL). Each state has identified its own priorities to advance the implementation of evidence-based preschool to high school SEL. CASEL planned to meet with a first cohort of states in October 2016 and a second cohort in December 2016.
Additional states will have access to resources emerging from the CSI and eventually will be invited to participate in a broader community of practice for state teams. In all, 40 states expressed interest in this effort.
As part of the CSI, and in collaboration with an advisory group of experts, CASEL will develop the following set of resources to inform the efforts of states working to support quality SEL for their students: (1) a comprehensive set of learning standards or goals for SEL with developmental benchmarks for preschool through high school; (2) model policies that can be adapted to help embed SEL standards or goals throughout the education system; and (3) practice guidelines and other tools to support implementation for preschool through high school.