Social and Emotional Learning

2022 SEL State Scan

Developing competencies and guidance are two foundational efforts at the state level in the process of supporting high-quality, systemic SEL in schools. This CASEL brief presents key findings that capture the current landscape of state SEL policy and showcase the increasing emphasis on SEL.

Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Rural Schools

This National Comprehensive Center research brief seeks to highlight the need for, and the importance of, implementing trauma-informed approaches in rural school communities, and shares recommendations for planning and implementation by schools and districts. It is intended for educators, leaders, and practitioners at the school, district, and state level who are in the initial stages of considering trauma-informed approaches and/or planning the implementation process.

American Rescue Plan Discussion Starter for District Teams

This document is designed to help school district teams engage in meaningful and productive conversations about how to use federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds. It offers considerations, examples of evidence-based strategies, and supporting resources in three critical areas:

  • Addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time
  • Conducting meaningful family and community engagement
  • Providing social-emotional and mental health supports

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). Their Collaborative States Initiative provides links to a variety of tools and reports, including this brief which highlights ways state education agencies have developed policies and practices to promote systemic SEL within states and across their districts and schools.

Education Policy Approaches to Trauma-Informed Practices

This two-page Policy Outline by the Education Commission of the States is an introduction to trauma-informed practices, as defined in state education policy. Trauma-informed practices intersect with school discipline, student health, educator training, school safety and more. This resource includes examples of current legislation in 10 states.

Shifting the Current School Climate: Sense of Belonging and Social and Emotional Learning

Like the current of a stream, school climate shapes how adults and students engage in the school community. This popular infographic from REL Northwest depicts 10 schoolwide and classroom-level actions adults can take to ensure all students feel a sense of belonging.

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