Evidence-based Programs

Programs grounded in research and principles of child and adolescent development, and scientifically evaluated and shown to produce positive student outcomes. CASEL identifies high-quality evidence-based programs as those that are well-designed to systematically promote students’ social and emotional competence, provide opportunities for practice, offer multi-year programming, and provide high-quality training and ongoing implementation support.

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The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions

Meta-analysis showing that compared to controls, participants in school-based SEL programs demonstrated improved skills and an 11 percentile point gain in achievement.

SOURCE: Research Journal

TAGS journal article reading lists - staff SEL competence evidence-based programs district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Promoting SEL in the Middle and High School Years

This brief from Pennsylvania State University reviews the current landscape of universal school-based programs designed to promote social and emotional growth in middle and high school students through skill-focused programs, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS middle school grades high school grades evidence-based programs

The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning

A benefit-cost analysis of investments in SEL showing that high-quality, research-validated social and emotional learning programs bring a return of $11 for every $1 invested.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS budgeting fundraising human and financial resource alignment evidence-based programs college and career readiness building buy-in for SEL

2015 CASEL Program Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs–Middle and High School Edition

CASEL's framework for evaluating the quality of middle and high school evidence-based SEL programs, and list of SELect programs (2015).

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS middle school grades high school grades evidence-based programs classroom level SEL leadership

2013 CASEL Program Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs – Preschool and Elementary School Edition

CASEL's framework for evaluating the quality of PreK - Elementary classroom-based SEL programs, and list of SELect programs (2013).

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS evidence-based programs elementary school grades classroom level SEL leadership

Social and Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time Settings

Brief from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Wallace Foundation providing guidelines and considerations for adapting leading SEL programs to out-of-school settings.

SOURCE: Wallace Foundation

TAGS SEL partnerships research brief evidence-based programs out of school

The Neuroscience of SEL (Video)

20 minute lecture by Richard Davidson on the neuroscience of emotions and emotional response, and how SEL trains and changes the brain. Best for educating SEL leaders or building buy in with audiences looking for a scientific basis for SEL.

SOURCE: Edutopia

TAGS Adult SEL mental health videos research brief teacher training evidence-based programs professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Washington’s SEL Online Education Modules

Washington's 5 online modules for educators (intro, embedding SEL schoolwide, adult professional culture, culturally responsive classroom integration, and selecting evidence-based programs). Free registration required.

SOURCE: Washington DOE

TAGS videos culturally responsive teacher training SEL overview evidence-based programs instructional practices culture and climate professional learning

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Five-Year Implementation Plan

Timeline showing the roll out of SEL at Tier 1, 2, and 3 for all schools in Anchorage.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS needs and resources assessment implementation plan evidence-based programs MTSS professional learning planning

Nashville’s SEL Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

1 pager showing specific programs, supports, and interventions that support students at all 3 levels of MTSS.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

TAGS counselors restorative practices evidence-based programs MTSS

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