Equity occurs when “every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background, or family income.” (Council of Chief State School Officers) Striving for equity means examining biases and interrupting inequitable practices to create inclusive, multicultural school environments that reveal and cultivate the interests and talents of children, youth, and adults from diverse backgrounds. (Jagers)

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Reflecting on Equity-Centered SEL Leadership Practices

Use this tool as a personal reflection on your leadership habits. These prompts are intended to spark your curiosity about your current practices and how you can be intentional about developing equity-centered leadership skills.


TAGS equity SEL leadership



Oregon’s Transformative Social and Emotional Learning Framework & Standards

Oregon's Transformative SEL Framework and Standards provide intentional focus on the social and emotional elements of learning, teaching, and cultivating affirming school culture through a transformative approach.


TAGS SEL standards equity

Insights from the Caregiver Community: Building Authentic School and Family Partnerships

This brief highlights key learnings from CASEL’s pilot SEL Dialogue Series for Caregiver-School Partnerships, which took place at a high school in Chicago, Ill., during Spring, 2022. It hones in on 4 insights towards creating authentic school-family partnerships, each with a corresponding set of recommendations for school leaders.


TAGS family partnerships equity

District-Level Learnings From the Field: Redesigning School District Systems and Structures for Human Thriving

Part of the BELE learning series, this paper explores insights from our equity initiatives in partner districts. It focuses on the conditions necessary to create equitable learning environments that enhance the student experience, and where districts should focus their efforts to sustain meaningful change.

TAGS SEL partnerships equity

Austin ISD – Statement of Purpose

This statement from Austin ISD's Social & Emotional Learning and Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness department describes a guiding vision and defines the role of the department.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS cultural competence equity integrate with district priorities

Guiding Questions for Educators: Promoting Equity Using SEL in your School

When social and emotional learning (SEL) is implemented with a culturally responsive lens, educators can use SEL to cultivate equitable learning opportunities, responsive relationships, and inclusive practices. This resources features reflection questions for school-level educators to explore the CASEL core competencies through an equity lens.

See also: Guiding Questions for Educators: Promote Equity Using SEL in your District


TAGS cultural competence Adult SEL equity culturally responsive

K-12 Equity Directors: Configuring the Role for Impact

If your district has or is establishing a role to lead equity work, read this report to learn about how to structure the position so they will have the influence and authority to make needed changes.

SOURCE: Center for Urban Education Leadership

TAGS job descriptions equity

District SEL Best Practices: Adult Well-being and Equity

A district leader from Tulsa Public Schools describes the district's equity framework, their monthly school leader learning institutes focused on well-being, school-based wellness teams, and the ways in which the district's equity and wellness work are interrelated.

SOURCE: Tulsa Public Schools

TAGS mental health equity SEL leadership

Supporting the Social and Emotional Learning of Systematically Marginalized Students in a Pandemic

Resources on understanding and addressing intersectional needs during COVID-19, especially for systemically marginalized young people such as those with learning disabilities. Includes separate guides and key questions for families, school leaders, and district leaders in English and Spanish.

TAGS distance learning spanish language resources equity

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain discussion guide

This discussion facilitator's guide, ideal for use with a small book study group, provides opening activities, discussion questions, and bridge activities for each chapter of Zaretta Hammond's book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Through reflection, collaboration, and continuous improvement strategies, this guide provides an opportunity for staff to interrogate their own instructional practice to find ways to be responsive to students' culture and identities.

TAGS cultural competence reading lists - staff equity culturally responsive professional learning


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