Ruth Cross

Senior SEL Consultant

Ruth Cross is Senior SEL Consultant and Trainer for CASEL. Her responsibilities include supporting school districts to implement systemic social and emotional learning districtwide, which includes consulting with Chicago Public Schools, one of the large school districts participating in the Collaborative District Initiative (CDI), and coaching smaller districts in DuPage County that partner with CASEL and the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

Prior to joining the CASEL staff, Ruth co-chaired the CASEL-IC Advisory Council, whose primary goal was to assist schools with the implementation of comprehensive, research-based social and emotional learning programs in Illinois. From 2003-2007 she was co-chair of the School Policy and Standards Committee, which was created by the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 as a part of the Children’s Mental Health Partnership. Until 2007 she worked for 34 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. As a building principal, she was instrumental in the implementation of programs that enable students to acquire skills to improve interpersonal relationships and prevent conflict. Ruth continues working to expand social and emotional learning in Illinois by presenting administrator academies and leading workshops around the state on the importance of teaching social and emotional learning and adhering to the Illinois social and emotional learning standards.