SEL Standards

Standards establish developmentally-appropriate and culturally-responsive benchmarks for SEL, and sends the message that SEL is a core part of students’ education.

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See how districts have strategized and planned to adopt SEL standards

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Case Study: Washoe County School District Process for Developing SEL Standards

Washoe's process for developing SEL standards, including useful artifacts from the 2 day retreat where they were written by a team of educators.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS SEL standards SEL competence professional learning planning

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Case Study: Oakland Unified School District Process for Developing SEL Standards

Oakland's SEL standards and classroom indicator examples, contextual information on how they were developed and how they are assessed.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Case Study: Austin Independent School District Process for Developing SEL Standards

SEL standards from Austin and contextual information on how they are used and measured.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Case Study: Anchorage Public Schools Process for Developing SEL Standards

SEL standards and a description of Anchorage's process of developing them, piloting their use, and bringing them to scale district-wide.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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SEL Alignment Tools

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction invited SEL program providers to share crosswalks to show the alignment between their evidence-based programs and Wisconsin's SEL standards. This page includes information about each program, alignment charts, and webinars to introduce program consultants.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DPI

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Responsible Decision Making (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of responsible decision making. Children can make responsible decisions by developing the ability to analyze a situation, understand its ethical implications, and evaluate the consequences. Parents and educators can help students learn to think through all parts of a problem and encourage them to make decisions on their own.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

TAGS videos responsible decision making SEL competence communications

Relationship Skills (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of relationship skills. Communication, cooperation and the ability to successfully resolve conflicts are key to successful relationships. Educators can help students develop these skills by working together in groups and discussing roles. Parents can support their children by spending time with them and encouraging communication.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

TAGS videos relationship skills SEL competence communications

Social Awareness (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of social awareness. Children can develop social awareness and learn empathy by putting themselves in another's shoes. Tips for parents include helping children to recognize emotions, appreciate diversity and show respect for others.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

TAGS videos social awareness SEL competence communications

Self Management (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of self management. Students can learn to manage their feelings and turn them into positive actions. Adults can help by creating a calm and regulated environment, showing how to manage impulses, and discussing ways to resolve conflicts.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

TAGS videos self management SEL competence communications

Self Awareness (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of self-awareness. Parents can help children develop self awareness by being honest about their own emotions. Educators can help by teaching the vocabulary of emotions, modeling behavior, and supporting students as they grow in self-awareness.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

TAGS videos self awareness SEL competence communications

State Scan Scorecard Project

Use CASEL's map to find information and links to SEL standards or guidelines in all 50 states.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Standards Development Steering Committee Agenda

CASEL's sample agenda for a district-level meeting to introduce the project of developing district SEL standards.

SOURCE: CASEL

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The Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) Recommended Process for Developing State Policies and Guidelines to Support Social and Emotional Learning

AIR and CASEL's guide for State Education Agencies to develop, implement, and sustain SEL policies and guidelines. This document provides the "big picture", other related documents provide detail for specific action steps.

SOURCE: AIR

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Key Features of High-Quality Standards for SEL

American Institutes for Research and CASEL's guidance for State Education Agencies on developing SEL policies and guidelines, with examples from other states.

SOURCE: AIR

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Illinois SEL Standards and Toolkit

The State of Illinois's webpage with SEL standards by grade band, performance descriptors by grade level, posters, and a classroom collaboration kit.

SOURCE: Illinois DOE

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Developing and Articulating Learning Goals or Competencies for Social and Emotional Learning

American Institutes for Research and CASEL teamed up to create this guide for developing SEL standards. Includes a definition of terms and guidance for setting up a writing team and articulating learning goals.

SOURCE: AIR

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Minneapolis SEL Competencies Posters

This poster set from Minneapolis Public Schools describes why each of 5 SEL competence areas are important and provides "I statements" for each.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

TAGS teacher tool social awareness self awareness self management relationship skills responsible decision making SEL competence classroom level

Mapping SEL to Common Core

Four clear ways that SEL standards complement Common Core standards.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Oakland SEL Competencies Posters for Classrooms

This poster set illustrating the 5 SEL competencies were distributed by Oakland's team to all schools, along with suggested activities for introducing each poster/concept to a classroom community.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Sacramento City Core Competencies and Indicators for SEL

Sacramento City Unified School District's motto for SEL is "We Are. We Belong. We Can." Their standards include the 5 core competencies and add Growth Mindset as a sixth component.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS SEL standards SEL competence PK-12

Dallas PreK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Standards

Dallas' SEL standards build from CASEL's 5 core competencies.

SOURCE: Dallas Independent School District

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Oakland’s SEL Standards and Student Report Card Introduction – Part 1 (Video)

Video from Oakland to help teachers complete the SEL part of the report card for each student. Focus is on assessing students equitably and in a strengths-based way. For the 1st marking period, teachers completed the section on self-management and relationship skills.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Cleveland’s SEL Standards and Scope and Sequence (PK-12)

Cleveland's scope and sequence provides early and late quarter SEL goals for each grade level PK-12.

SOURCE: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Oakland School Board Policy on SEL

Policy stating that SEL underlies all district priorities in Oakland, and intent to implement SEL standards, change the mission statement, provide PD, adopt curricula, and measure SEL growth.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Washoe County SEL Standards

SEL standards and indicators from Washoe County.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS SEL standards PK-12

Naperville K-12 SEL Standards Rubric

Naperville's rubric descriptors for their SEL standards, articulating beginning, approaching, secure, and exemplary demonstration of each standard.

SOURCE: Naperville Community Unit School District 203

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Oakland PK-Adult SEL Standards

Oakland's SEL standards, which have been enhanced to prioritize equity and respect for diversity.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS SEL standards equity culturally responsive PK-12

New Jersey SEL Competencies and Subcompetencies

The State of New Jersey has adopted CASEL's 5 core SEL competencies, and articulates sub-competencies for each in this poster.

SOURCE: New Jersey DOE

TAGS SEL standards PK-12

Nashville K-12 SEL Standards (I Can Statements)

Nashville's "I Can" statements differentiated for each grade K-12, and categorized by the 5 core SEL competencies.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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CDI District Standards

Links to SEL standards adopted by 9 districts within the Collaborating Districts Initiative.

SOURCE: CASEL

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DuPage County K-8 SEL Standards

DuPage County's SEL standards, differentiated for each grade level K-8 and categorized within the 5 core SEL competencies.

SOURCE: DuPage County School Districts

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Austin K-12 SEL Standards

Austin's SEL standards and student expectations, differentiated by grade band.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Anchorage PK-12 SEL Standards

Anchorage SEL standards with student-friendly "I" statements for each, based around 4 goals of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and social management.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS SEL standards SEL competence PK-12

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What Does Evidence-Based Instruction in Social and Emotional Learning Actually Look Like in Practice?

This brief answers the question: What do school staff actually do in the classroom and school to help students achieve the goals laid out in SEL standards? Describes 4 approaches that together form a comprehensive plan.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS SEL standards research brief implementation plan evidence-based programs instructional practices

The Case for PreSchool through High School State Learning Standards for SEL

Chapter providing a research review about the importance of state SEL standards for all grade levels, components of high quality standards, examples from states, and areas of overlap with other standards.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS school board SEL standards board policies research brief PK-12 integrate with district priorities building buy-in for SEL

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