Wallace SEL Initiative Districts

Nine communities are using planning grants from the Wallace Foundation to devise plans to help children develop positive social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. The grants pair school districts with after-school intermediaries. They are the first phase in the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning initiative, the foundation’s new, multiyear effort to strengthen local partnerships that promote SEL.

The nine communities are Boston, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids (Mich.), New York City, Oakland (Calif.), Palm Beach (Fl.), Tacoma (Wash.), and Tulsa.


Through the planning grant period, school districts and after-school intermediaries will collaborate to improve adult practices that support the development of students’ social and emotional skills. CASEL, the Forum for Youth Investment, and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will provide technical assistance and guidance.

In summer 2017 up to six district-intermediary pairs will be selected to receive three-year implementation grants from Wallace. This phase will also include comprehensive research by the RAND Corporation to provide useful new evidence to the field.