• Report/Issue Brief

    Building a Culture of Health Through Safe and Healthy Elementary School Recess (2017)

    This brief describes elementary schools’ experiences implementing a safe and healthy recess with the Playworks TeamUp program.


    University of California, Santa Cruz & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2017) Building a Culture of Health Through Safe and Healthy Elementary School Recess. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Key Insights from the Collaborating Districts Initiative (March 2017)

    This report on CASEL's Collaborating Districts Initiative presents key insights from this multiyear effort in 10 large school districts to help integrate social and emotional learning across all aspects of their work.


    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). (2017). Key Insights from the Collaborating Districts Initiative. Chicago: Author.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Social Emotional Learning in Elementary Schools: Preparation for Success (2017)

    This issue brief, created by The Pennsylvania State University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is one of a series of briefs that address the need for research, practice, and policy on social and emotional learning (SEL). It focuses on basic principles and strategies for effective implementation of SEL in elementary schools.


    Dusenbury, L., & Weissberg, R. P. (2017). Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School: Preparation for Success. Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out Looking Inside and Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers (Elementary School Focus) (2017)

    This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs—aimed at elementary schools and out-of-school-time providers—offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. The guide allows practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs. It also explains how programs can be adapted from schools to out-of-school-time settings, such as after-school and summer programs.


    Jones, S., Brush, K., Bailey, R., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Stickle, L. (2017) Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out Looking Inside and Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers (Elementary School Focus). New York: Wallace Foundation.



  • Guide/Tool/Artifact

    Compendium of Preschool Through Elementary School Social‐Emotional Learning and Associated Assessment Measures (2010)

    This compendium, published by the University of Illinois-Chicago and CASEL, describes the tools to assess the social and emotional learning of preschool and elementary school students (i.e., five‐ to ten‐year‐olds), along with aspects of the contexts in which they learn and their learning behaviors. 


    Denham, S.A., Ji, P., & Hamre, B. (2010). Compendium of Preschool Through Elementary School Social‐Emotional Learning and Associated Assessment Measures. Chicago, IL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning and Social and Emotional Learning Research Group, University of Illinois at Chicago. 



  • Research Study

    The Positive Impact of Social and Emotional Learning for Kindergarten to Eighth-Grade Students – Findings from Three Scientific Reviews (2008)

    This report summarizes results from three large-scale reviews of research on the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs on elementary and middle-school students. Collectively the three reviews included 317 studies and involved 324,303 children.


    Payton, J. W., Weissberg, R. P., Durlak, J.A., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., Schellinger, K.B., & Pachan, M. (2008). The Positive Impact of Social and Emotional Learning for Kindergarten to Eighth-Grade Students: Findings from Three Scientific Reviews. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.



  • Guide/Tool/Artifact

    Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs (2005)

    This was CASEL’s first review of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. The guide identifies 80 currently available programs and singles out 22 of them as “SELect,” i.e., meeting high standards for research and program developer support.


    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (2005). Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs. Chicago, IL: Author.