Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Research in SEL



CASEL: A (Re)introduction to Social and Emotional Learning: CASEL’s Definition and Framework

Summary:  On Friday, October 9, CASEL held a webinar introducing some changes to their framework describing their five competencies for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).  In essence, the new framework addresses both Families and Caregivers and Community as areas of importance for developing partnerships and encouraging the use of community resources as learning opportunities.  The new framework is available on the CASEL website.

Source:  Karen Niemi, Robert Jagers, and Melissa Schlinger, CASEL, October 9, 2020



It’s Time to Rethink How Schools Use Data to Implement Social and Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article presents CASEL’s viewpoint on the importance of the use of data when implementing SEL.  Ally Skoog-Hoffman, a research director at CASEL, presents several case studies where school districts have used data to improve and guide their work on SEL.

Source:  Ally-Skoog-Hoffman, Education DIVE, September 15, 2020



Teaching SEL: Powering Up Students with Social & Emotional Know-How

Summary:  This article talks about executive functioning and social-emotional learning from the perspective of “ExQ” – a company that has produced a curriculum designed to improve executive functioning and in so doing, also help students acquire SEL skills in the five CASEL domains.

Source:  Sucheta Kamath, Founder & CEO, ExQ®, Education DIVE, March 27, 2020



All You Need to Know About SEL

Summary:  This is a collection of articles published by eSchool News about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).  The focus is on the implementation of SEL skills in the classroom and the authors of the individual articles present various views of SEL from different perspectives.  

Source:  eSchool News Special Report



Study: SEL Program’s Impact on State Test Scores Mixed

Summary: This article reports on the results of a study done in Pennsylvania to assess the impact of a twelve-week SEL program.  While some of the results showed an increase in scores, those increases were not statistically significant.  The author posits that there wouldl be other benefits from the SEL program that would not be shown on standardized tests.

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, January 22, 2020



What If the Doors of Every Schoolhouse Opened to Social-Emotional Learning Tomorrow?

Summary:  This article comes from a special issue on Social Emotional Learning from Educational Psychologist.  Dr. Elias addreses a number of points related to scaling up SEL in school including the neurological basis of SEL, SEL best practices, approaches to SEL instruction, assessment, and the complex issue of SEL and equity.

Source:  Maurice J. Elias (2019) What If the Doors of Every Schoolhouse Opened to Social-Emotional Learning Tomorrow: Reflections on How to Feasibly Scale Up High-Quality SEL, Educational Psychologist, 54:3,  233-245, DOI:  10.1080/00461520.2019.1636655



6 Reasons Why We Need Relationship Centered Schools

Summary:  This article makes the case for the importance of relationships in schools.  It provides six reasons why relationships are important and cites the benefits accrued through strong positive relationships.  A brief on Relationship-Centered Schools is available for download below.

Source:  Californians for Justice, April 10, 2017



How Arts Teachers Are Strengthening Students’ Social-Emotional Muscles

Summary:  This article talks about a new study that shows that arts experiences for students present prime opportunities to help students develop their social-emotional skills.  When arts teachers intentionally design experiences in music, art, drama, and dance, they can build in ways to address SEL competencies.

Source:  Catherine Gewertz, Ed Week, June 27, 2019



Mapping 21st-Century Skills to SEL Competencies

Summary: In this article, the author does a crosswalk between the SEL competencies and Twenty-first Century Skills.  He references the fact that these groups of skills in each of the frameworks were developed independently but are well-correlated.

Source:  David Ross, Getting Smart, February 15, 2019



STARTING STRONG: How Social Emotional Learning Can Improve Teacher Education

Summary:  This research brief from the Committee for Children and CASEL identifies the gap in teacher preparation when it comes to siocial-emotional learning (SEL).  The article also provides some insight into why SEL training as part of teacher preparation is important.

Source:  Committee for Children/CASEL, March 2019