Establish PreK–12 learning standards for students’ social and emotional competence.
Most districts have already adopted learning standards for core academic instructional areas. Social and emotional learning (SEL) also needs comprehensive, developmentally appropriate learning standards to identify what a district wants students to learn and be able to do. Standards are especially important for SEL. They establish common language in an area that may be less familiar than math or reading to many district personnel, students, and parents.
Adopting standards communicates SEL as a district priority and establishes SEL as an area that merits instructional focus. SEL learning standards and benchmarks articulate what students should know and be able to do in SEL from PreK to grade 12 and allow districts to outline intersections of SEL with standards in academic content areas, including the Common Core State Standards, if applicable. Districts should share these standards with staff, students, and parents.
- The Case for Preschool through High School SEL Standards. CASEL’S Linda Dusenberry, Roger Weissberg, and others make the research-based case for standards.
- Anchorage, AK Standards, Indicators and Activities. The district’s resources include the standards themselves, handouts, posters, and explanations of what the skills look like in elementary (early and late), middle, and high (early and late) schools.
- CASEL: Building and Implementing SEL Standards. This includes multiple resources related to state policy, including a 50-state standards scan, briefs, and reports.