Susan Keister

Social and Emotional Learning Specialist

Susan Keister is a CASEL SEL Specialist who has been a consultant to the organization since 2003, serving as contributing author of the 2006 edition of CASEL’s Sustainable Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Guide and Toolkit and the new CASEL SchoolKit: A Guide for Implementing Schoolwide Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. She is also a district consultant for the Sacramento City Unified School District as part of the Collaborating Districts Initiative. In that capacity she has conducted more than 60 workshops for CASEL with more than 4,000 school leaders throughout the United States to prepare them to implement high-quality social and emotional learning in their schools and districts.

Susan is an international author, speaker, workshop facilitator, and educational leader with more than 30 years of experience in leading the research, development, and training of international programs and professional development in comprehensive school reform, social and emotional learning, character development, positive prevention of drug use and violence, conflict management, and service-learning. Between 1983-2001 she served as vice president of program development and lead developer of the programs of Lions Clubs International Foundation: Lions-Quest Skills for Growing (Grades K-5), Skills for Adolescence (Grades 6-8), and Skills for Action (Grades 9-12). She led the revision of the Skills for Growing, Skills for Adolescence, and Skills for Action programs between 2001-2011. Since 2001 she has been an educational consultant, serving as the lead program and training specialist with Lions Clubs International Foundation, providing training and program assistance to more than 6,000 people in more than 40 countries and 50 states in the implementation of the Lions-Quest programs. She has helped lead large-scale reform initiatives and provided training and coaching in statewide and districtwide SEL, service-learning, and prevention programming in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, and many other locations.

Between 1998-2001 she was a Fetzer Institute Fellow with an emphasis on transformational school reform. She holds a masters in curriculum development and supervision from Michigan State University.