Social and Emotional Learning in Schools
As schools take responsibility for preparing students to succeed in a complex and rapidly changing world, educators are increasingly emphasizing social and emotional learning (SEL). A growing body of research supports the idea that developing students' social and emotional competence is essential for academic and life success, and a variety of evidence-based programs and practices are available for use in schools and classrooms.
However, programs alone may not be enough. Decades of research on implementation of educational innovations suggest that broad, enduring changes are best achieved when there is alignment and integration at multiple levels of the educational system (i.e., state, district, school and classroom).
Given the importance of district-level leadership and coordination, in 2011 CASEL launched a national initiative aimed at supporting districts’ capacities to promote SEL for all students. Learn more about the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI).
Administrators, teachers and students across the United States are telling us about their work on SEL and why it matters. Learn more about their perspectives on the impact of SEL.