National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

In one of the most important developments in the field in the past 20 years, in September 2016 the Aspen Institute launched the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

The commission is uniting leaders from multiple sectors, including education, research, business, health, and the military to advance a broader vision of education success. Members will explore how to fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development in school design and culture as well as teaching and learning. As part of this work, the commission will learn crucial lessons from teachers, parents, and students in communities across the country, including from CASEL’s growing number of Partner Districts.

The commission will join CASEL in our efforts to unify the country around the importance of an integrated vision of SEL and academics. Two of the commission’s three co-chairs are CASEL board members: Tim Shriver and Linda Darling-Hammond. Our Chief Knowledge Officer Roger Weissberg is serving as a commissioner. And CASEL is one of several Partner Collaborators.

Learn more on the Commission website here.

Download the Commission’s fact sheet on the need to address children’s social, emotional, and academic development.