Social and Emotional Learning Research

Since its inception in 1994 CASEL has promoted high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) practices through cutting-edge research and evidence-based tools. As a field leader in SEL research, CASEL has influenced public policy, promoted positive change in instructional practices, and ultimately improved the education and well-being of children around the world. The CASEL SEL research web page highlights current CASEL research, CASEL publications, SEL research from the field (i.e. innovative research from CASEL collaborators and other SEL researchers), and the CASEL library of SEL publications and resources. Each of our focus areas is described below.
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Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) Evaluation

Funding Source: Novo Foundation (Grant ID: 13-00472)
Through the first-of-its-kind Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), CASEL and NoVo Foundation have engaged eight large school districts in the United States to plan for and implement districtwide SEL. The CDI is the only large-scale strategic effort promoting systemic SEL in the country. It recognizes that positive student outcomes depend on improving classrooms and schools, which in turn depends on improving districtwide capacities and conditions. Casel works closely with experts in the fields of practice, research, policy, and communications to develop a model and supporting tools to bring SEL into every classroom across the country.

Comprehensive Strategies to Promote Social and Emotional Learning in Schools (CPSEL)

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education (Grant ID: U411C130091)
Through this U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, CASEL is launching a study in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to assess the impact of classroom-based SEL compared to classroom-based SEL that is integrated schoolwide.
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CASEL Program Reviews of Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Funding Source: 1440 Foundation
The 1440 Foundation generously supports the development and publication of CASEL reviews of evidence-based SEL programs, most notably the 2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Preschool and Elementary School Edition.
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Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research Grant

Funding Source: Institute of Education Sciences (Grant ID: R305H130012)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, recently embarked on a new initiative, "Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research," to support new or existing partnerships to carry out initial education research and develop plans for further research.
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Connecting Mathematics Content and Social and Emotional Learning to Instruction

Funding Source: Noyce Foundation
In 2013, CASEL received a grant from the Noyce Foundation for a collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Data and Continuous Improvement for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning

Funding Source: Spencer Foundation
TheSpencer Foundation investigates ways in which education can be improved around the world. Through research, fellowship, and training programs, Spencer is committed to high-quality education investigations and sustaining a strong education research community.
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The October 2013 issue of Phi Delta Kappan featured several articles on social and emotional learning, including a lead article by CASEL's Roger Weissberg and Jason Cascarino. Download the article. View the table of contents and information about how to access the articles.

Innovative SEL Research From The Field


Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century (National Research Council)

James W. Pellegrino & Margaret L. Hilton
This report from the National Research Council clarifies the meaning of "Deeper Learning" and "21st Century Skills."

Educators’ social and emotional skills vital to learning

Stephanie M. Jones, Suzanne M. Bouffard, & Richard Weissbourd
This article focuses on teachers' own social and emotional learning. It describes promising interventions for promoting teacher SEL competencies and strategies educators can use to promote SEL in their students.

Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Measures for Middle School Youth (Raikes Foundation)

Kevin Haggerty, Jenna Elgin, & Andrew Woolley
This report from the Raikes Foundation identifies research-based tools that measure social and emotional well-being of middle school students.

Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School, Performance (Raikes Foundation)

Camille A. Farrington, Melissa Roderick, Elaine Allensworth, Jenny Nagaoka, Tasha Seneca Keyes, David W. Johnson, & Nicole O. Beechum
This report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the Raikes Foundation outlines a new framework for understanding how non-cognitive factors influence the behaviors that drive academic performance in middle and high school students.

Explore the CASEL Library


CASEL's online library presents a variety of documents and resources relevant to social and emotional learning (SEL). All of the library's content is available by browsing our Content Tags Grid. Users can browse available resources according to topic by clicking any tag in the grid. Each item in the library was reviewed by CASEL staff and assigned content "tags" based on its main focus. Most documents have more than one tag because they cover more than one topic.