News & Events

Education Week spotlights CASEL's Collaborating States Initiative. Read more.

Chicago CBS News features SEL in a public school. Watch video.

Education Week describes SEL assessment in the Washoe County, Nev., public schools. Read more.

Atlanta Public Schools changes policing to align with SEL. Read more.

Position opening: Associate Director, National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Learn more.

CASEL weighs in on ESSA, the new federal education legislation. Read more.

A major new bipartisan report on reducing poverty includes social and emotional learning. Read more.

NY Times op ed piece highlights social and emotional learning.

Focus on SEL in Nov. 2015 issue of Principal Leadership, the magazine of NASSP (sign-on required).

Important follow-up to the Sat., Oct. 24 Emotion Revolution Summit--inspirED, a new website developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook.

Education Week puts the spotlight on SEL and CASEL. Read more

Atlanta Public Schools partners with CASEL to launch SEL initiative.

A New Online Course in SEL and related courses.

ChildTrends: All 50 states now have anti-bullying laws. Now what?

Just Out

The New 2015 CASEL Guide--Middle and High School Edition. Read more

Now Available

Handbook of Social and Emotional LearningResearch and Practice. Read more

Yale's Marc Brackett...

writes about teaching emotional intelligence to teenagers in the Harvard Business Review. Read more

From Stanford...

How SEL Changed Three Urban High Schools. Read more

Groundbreaking Research...

on the Economic Value of SEL. Download

Huffington Post: Human Beings Are "Hard-Wired for Good"--and the implications for SEL

In an essay titled "Social and Emotional Learning--Why Now?"  Vicki Zakrzewski summarizes research on the importance of social and emotional learning and its implications for education reform.

NBC Creates Online SEL Toolkit for Parents

NBC News Education Nation has produced an online SEL toolkit for parents that offers a wide variety of resources and information. Featured on the website are the work of both CASEL and numerous CASEL colleagues. You can click on any age category from Pre-K to grade 12. The website also offers a blog and regularly updated resources and materials. Useful not just to parents but to practitioners in the SEL field, this is a big step forward for SEL. View the website.

Oakland SEL Programming Featured in Huffington Post Article

Recently the widely read online publication Huffington Post published an in-depth article about the expansion of social and emotional learning in the Oakland Unified School District, one of the eight districts in CASEL's Collaborating Districts Initiative. The article is titled "A New Model of School Reform." Click here to read it.

New Federal Legislation Supports Social and Emotional Learning

On April 29, 2014 U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives, HR 4509, that provides strong support for social and emotional learning. Known as the Supporting Emotional Learning Act, HR 4509 amends the Higher Education Act (HEA) to make sure students preparing to be teachers learn about SEL in their coursework.  It also amends the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) to make research on the importance of SEL a priority at the Institute of Education Sciences and makes SEL an allowable use of funds for grants made through two other HEA programs, the Augustus Hawkins Centers of Excellence program and the Teach to Reach Grants. Perhaps most important, the bill includes a comprehensive definition of SEL and SEL programming. The bill complements HR 1875, the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2013, authored by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). Rep. Ryan co-sponsored HR 4509.

On April 30 CASEL collaborated with Seattle-based Committee for Children to organize a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing on social and emotional learning. Both Rep. Davis and Rep. Ryan attended the briefing and made statements about the importance of SEL and their efforts to embed SEL in forthcoming education legislation.

Read more about HR 4509 and HR 1875.

Read a description of the April 30 congressional briefing.


Eileen Rockefeller Growald presents CASEL’s Board Chair Timothy Shriver and  President & CEO Karen Neimi with  “Talking Hearts” during a donor cultivation event held on March 18, 2014 at the Jane Addams Hull House Resident’s Hall on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.  

Photo at left: CASEL co-founder Eileen Rockefeller Growald presents CASEL’s Board Chair Timothy Shriver (r.) and President & CEO Karen Neimi (2nd from r.) with “Talking Hearts” during an event to celebrate social and emotional learning held on March 18, 2014 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Seated next to Niemi are Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and former CASEL Vice President for Program Paul Goren, now superintendent of schools for the Evanston/Skokie, Ill. district. During the event Growald signed copies of her new book, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself: A Memoir.


Archived Online Webinar on Federal Programs that Fund Social and Emotional Learning

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) and the Center for Education Policy (CEP) at George Washington University have published a funding guide on 15 federal programs that can be used to support efforts of schools to integrate social emotional learning and mental wellness strategies during the school day. Click here to access the guide and an archived webinar that presents examples of the funding programs.

Key Educational Organizations Collaborate on Guide to Promote the Success of All Students

CASEL and the concept of social and emotional learning are prominently featured in a new policy document released by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).  Titled Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success, the guide was developed as a collaborative effort of several key national organizations. In addition to CASEL and NSBA, they are the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Federation of Teachers, the Coalition for Community Schools, the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Education Association, Opportunity Action, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, and the Rural School and Community Trust. A key element of the guide is the concept of creating a Personal Opportunity Plan for students that will personalize and individualize the educational process for each child. You can download the guide by clicking here.

Cleveland SEL Planning Centers in the News

Local TV news station WKYC recently highlighted Cleveland's SEL planning centers program. Each school has a planning center, where students have an opportunity to cool down, write about their feelings, and learn how to self-regulate their anger. View the news segment.

SEL Goes International with a New Report from the World Bank

The World Bank has published a new brief on social and emotional learning (SEL) in the context of the adversity and challenges children face in many countries worldwide. Titled "Learning and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Social and Emotional Well-Being in Contexts of Adversity," the brief was produced as a collaboration between the World Bank Education Resilience Approaches team and the International Rescue Committee. Download the brief from the World Bank website.

Austin School District Receives $1 million grant to support SEL

A local foundation in Austin, Tex., has announced a $1.06 million grant to the Austin Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Austin Independent School District, one of the eight districts in CASEL's Collaborating Districts Initiative. The purpose of the grant is to support the district's social and emotional learning program, which has become increasingly visible and important since the initiation of the CDI. Read an article about the grant in the Austin American-Statesman.