Ask the Experts

This page introduces our interviews with experts in the SEL field on key issues of current interest. The interviews cover a wide range of topics and include both background and theory and ideas for hands-on implementation of SEL. All the interviews were originally published in our monthly newsletter. They appear here in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent.



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  • Bullying

    Catherine Bradshaw (University of Virginia, CASEL board member, and leading expert on bullying and Trish Shaffer (Washoe County, Nev., School District) discuss recent research showing declines in bullying and explore how districts have been proactively combating this and other antisocial behaviors. More



  • Photos of Blank, Krengel, and McArthur

  • Community Schools and Wraparound Supports
    Martin Blank (Coalition for Community Schools) and Kyla Krengel and Alison McArthur (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools) discuss how districts such as Nashville are using SEL as part of their broader strategies to support children and families. More



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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching, Race, and Relationships
    Zaretta Hammond (author and consultant) and Mary Hurley (Oakland Unified School District) share strategies for using children’s culture and traditions to build trust and strengthen classroom environments. More.



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  • Assessing SEL
    Clark McKown (Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Chicago) and Noah Bookman (California’s eight CORE districts) share insights on how best to measure students’ SEL competencies and the most promising work underway in the field. More



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  • Combating Teacher Stress
    Mark Greenberg (Pennsylvania State University, CASEL co-founder and board member emeritus) and Marc Brackett (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) address the growing levels of teacher stress, the causes, the impact on kids, and strategies educators are using to help educators cope. More



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  • Strengthening Teacher Prep
    Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (University of British Columbia and CASEL Board member) discusses her landmark research on the paucity of higher education programs that prepare educators to address SEL. More



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  • Advancing the Field
    Timothy Shriver (CASEL co-founder, National Commission on Social, Emotional. and Academic Development, and Special Olympics) discusses how the SEL field has grown in the past 20 years, plus the major opportunities and challenges ahead. More