• Brochure/Handout

    What Are the Key Features of High-Quality Standards for SEL? (2017)

    This handout was developed in conjunction with the CASEL scan of state SEL standards. Includes numerous links to examples of standards and practices in selected states.


    Dusenbury, L. & Yoder, D. (2016). What are the key features of high-quality standards for SEL? Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards (2017)

    The goal of this report is to help educators understand the mutually reinforcing relationship between social and emotional development and ambitious academic goals. Instruction that promotes students’ social and emotional development (SED) facilitates better student outcomes on college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. The converse is also true: Learning environments structured to genuinely meet rigorous standards support the development of students’ social and emotional skills. To promote deeper learning, educators need to make the most of this interconnected relationship, and to approach SED not as an add-on or discrete intervention, but as an integral part of the academic program.


    Johnson, H. & Weiner, R. (2017) This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards. New York: Aspen Institute.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Development and Implementation of Standards for Social and Emotional Learning in the 50 States: A Brief on Findings from CASEL’s Experience (2016)

    There is growing momentum across the country to support statewide implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) in preschool through high school. This brief reports how many states have developed learning standards to support SEL. The brief notes commonalities in the process states have used and shares some of the lessons CASEL has learned.


    Dusenbury, L. & Weissberg, R. P. Development and Implementation of Standards for Social and Emotional Learning in the 50 States: A Brief on Findings from CASEL’s Experience. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.


    Tags: Policy, Standards

  • Book

    Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice (2015)

    This comprehensive and definitive handbook covers all aspects of research, practice, and policy related to social and emotional learning. The editors and contributors describe state-of-the-art intervention and prevention programs designed to build students' skills for managing emotions, showing concern for others, making responsible decisions, and forming positive relationships. The Handbook explores the conceptual and scientific underpinnings of SEL and its relationship to children's and adolescents' academic success, mental health, and overall well-being, including the roles of school- and district-level leadership, teacher training, and school-family partnerships.


    Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., & Gullotta, T. P. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice. New York: Guilford Press.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    State Standards to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (2014)

    This CASEL brief summarizes findings from CASEL’s scan of state SEL standards, which reviewed the research literature on learning standards generally to identify key components of high-quality standards and assessed the status of each state in developing well-articulated learning standards for social and emotional learning (SEL), preschool through high school. The brief also provides recommendations to support development of high-quality SEL standards, including examples from states identified as part of CASEL’s State Scan.


    Dusenbury, L., Weissberg, R. P., Goren, P., & Domitrovich, C. (2014). State standards to advance social and emotional learning: Findings from CASEL’s state scan of social and emotional learning standards, preschool through high school, 2014. Chicago: Collaborative, for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Aligning Preschool through High School Social and Emotional Learning Standards – A Critical and Doable Next Step (2013)

    This CASEL brief calls for an alignment of birth to preschool and K-12 state standards for social and emotional learning (SEL). It presents overviews of SEL competencies and state standards and includes examples of aligned SEL standards in two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, that have been leaders for the field. The brief concludes with recommendations for aligning SEL and academic standards and general guidelines for developing state SEL standards.


    Zinsser, K. M., Weissberg, R. P., & Dusenbury, L. (2013). Aligning Preschool through High School Social and Emotional Learning Standards: A Critical and Doable Next Step. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Social and Emotional Learning for Illinois Students: Policy, Practice and Progress – How Illinois SEL Standards Came to Be and What the State Has Learned Through Putting Them into Practice (2011)

    This report, published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, provides background and updates on the implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) statewide in Illinois, including the implementation of the nation’s first comprehensive K-12 standards and benchmarks for SEL.


    Gordon, R., Ji, P. Mulhall, P., Shaw, B., & Weissberg, R.P. (2011). Social and emotional learning for Illinois students: Policy, practice and progress. In: The Illinois Report: 2011. Urbana, IL: Institute for Government and Public Affairs.



  • Article

    The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards: Leading the Way for School and Student Success (2009)

    The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards for grades K-12 were the first comprehensive standards for social and emotional learning (SEL) in the U.S. This article describes how the standards were developed and why they are important to students’ school and life success. It describes the Illinois standards and provides guidelines for effective implementation of the standards and of SEL generally.


    O’Brien, M.U. & Resnik, H. (2009). The Illinois social and emotional learning (SEL) standards: Leading the way for school and student success. Building leadership: Illinois Principals Association bulletin, 16 (7), 1-5.



  • Report/Issue Brief

    Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards (2005)

    This CASEL brief, adapted from the Illinois edition (2005) of Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs (CASEL, 2003), presents the complete Illinois standards and benchmarks for comprehensive K-12 social and emotional learning.


    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (2005). Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards. Chicago: Author.


    Tags: Standards