Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

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Since its founding in 1994, CASEL has worked closely with educators, researchers, philanthropists, policymakers, and child advocates to promote social and emotional learning (SEL), which research has shown to have a significant positive impact on children’s behavior and academic performance.

Social and emotional learning is a process for helping children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. These skills include recognizing and managing emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.

CASEL is currently engaged in a national initiative to promote SEL in schools across the country. The national initiative emphasizes five strategic priorities:

  1. supporting systemic SEL in large school districts,
  2. conducting research on district-wide SEL and developing tools to accelerate high-quality implementation nationwide,
  3. partnering with SEL program providers, colleges of education, and professional organizations to scale SEL,
  4. promoting federal and state policies that encourage SEL, and
  5. strategically communicating to foster widespread demand for SEL as an essential part of students’ education.

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