SEL Resource List
SEL Assessment Resources
Reviews of SEL Assessments
- CASEL’s resource center is a comprehensive site containing tools for ongoing measurement and improvement of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). It provides over 500 tools that districts and schools can use to implement SEL in a systematic way. The tools come from CASEL’s CDI work with 10 districts.
- Compendium of Preschool Through Elementary School Social‐Emotional Learning and Associated Assessment Measures. This compendium, published by the University of Illinois-Chicago and CASEL, describes the tools to assess the social and emotional learning of preschool and elementary school students, along with aspects of the contexts in which they learn and their learning behaviors.
- Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning in the Context of New Accountability. This report, by the Learning Policy Institute, provides a framework for considering how measures of SEL and school climate may be incorporated into an accountability and continuous improvement system that provides useful information about school status and progress at the state, district, and school levels.
- Measuring Quality: Assessment Tools to Evaluate Your Social-Emotional Learning Practices. This guide is designed to help schools and districts identify tools to assess the quality of their SEL practices.
- Identifying Indicators and Tools for Measuring Social and Emotional Healthy Living: Children Ages 5-12 Years. This paper looks at SEL indicators from around the world and identifies common indicators and measures.
- Measuring MESH: Student and Teacher Surveys Curated for the CORE Districts. This guide, created by TransformEd in partnership with the CORE Districts, provides you with a curated set of survey-based measures used in the CORE districts, along with detailed information on the reliability and validity of those measures.
Preparing for and Doing SEL Assessment
- Are You Ready to Assess Social-Emotional Development? This American Institutes for Research (AIR) toolkit includes three resources: a brief, a decision tree, and a list of SEL measurement tools.
- Self-Assessing Social and Emotional Instruction and Competencies: A Tool for Teachers. This tool provides a self-assessment for teachers to use in assessing their own social and emotional competencies, as well as instructional practices that promote SEL.
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Solutions at AIR. This website hosts numerous tools designed to help district and school staff embed and integrate SEL into work currently underway within the district and school—creating a coordinated, purposeful SEL and school climate effort.
- Measuring SEL: Using Data to Inspire Practice. This website hosts a multidisciplinary collaborative of leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of PreK-12 education, assessment, social and emotional learning (SEL), and related fields.
- Self-Assessment Rubric for Social & Emotional Development. This rubric, developed by Edutopia, was created for students and educators, and provides questions that address short- and long-term goals.
- CORE Case Study Tools. These tools, created and published by TransformEd, come from their work with the CORE districts and are centered on implementation best practices.
- Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources. This toolkit has multiple components that could be useful to districts and schools, including a readiness inventory and information on designing an impactful learning environment. It also highlights cultural competency as an important part of this framework, including the Ways of Being model.
Guidance for Developing and Evaluating Measures
SEL Implementation Resources
General SEL Resources
- 25 Things to Know About SEL discusses 25 simple statements about SEL that speak to the history of SEL, what is SEL, and the importance of SEL.
- InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning provides an overview of executive function skills, particularly for youth.
- Three Essential Facts About Feelings is a video that identifies eight different emotions and provides some insight into how to define each and how they affect the brain and body.
- Big Ideas: Social and Emotional Learning includes multiple videos for growth mindset, perseverance, empathy, and gratitude.
- “Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What’s the Best Approach?” This article describes the difference between character and executive function.
- Nonacademic Skills Are Key to Success. But What Should We Call Them? This article identifies skills that students must learn that go beyond academics, such as grit, soft skills, cognitive skills and character.
- This Time with Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards. This primer provides concrete connections between academic standards and social and emotional development. It also provides explicit action steps that educators can take to begin to implement SEL.
- How Social-Emotional Learning Helps Children Succeed in School, the Workplace, and Life. This provides two-page articles from individuals across the education and business sector on the importance of SEL.
- University of British Columbia SEL Resource Finder. This website provides a list of resources on SEL implementation, with a focus on “learning” about SEL, “applying” SEL, and “assessing” SEL—mostly links to articles on other sites, including Edutopia.
- A Sampling of the Literature on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. This resource provides introductory news articles and research reports.
Online Professional Development SEL Modules
SEL Teacher Development Resources
SEL Classroom Resources
- inspirED Educator Toolbox. This toolbox provides a series of learning events that will help educators practice emotional intelligence skills, apply relationship building strategies in classrooms, and implement emotional intelligence practices in schools.
- iSEL: Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning. This online tool provides a series of online modules that will help educators understand and implement SEL in classrooms.
- Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers. This website summarizes evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers. These tools can help teachers capitalize on instructional time and decrease disruptions, which is crucial as schools are held to greater academic and social accountability measures for all students.
- Social and emotional learning activities. This website provides lesson plans and activities for various grade levels that address the five social and emotional competencies.
Culturally Responsive SEL Resources
- Understanding Implicit Bias: What Educators Should Know. This article provides an overview of what is a part of the unconscious mind and how that influences ways we interact with others. It also discusses how implicit bias shows itself in education, as well as strategies to mitigate the effects of implicit bias.
- Learning to Walk in Another’s Shoes. This article provides action steps to help educators develop social perspective with their students.
- How Discrimination Shapes Parent-Teacher Communication. This article from The Atlantic focuses on a research study that demonstrates that a child’s race influences how teachers communicate with parents about behavior.
- 5 Keys to Challenging Implicit Bias. This article provides four strategies teachers can use to reduce implicit bias with their students.
- Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competence for Educators. This webpage provides five basic cultural competence skill areas, including valuing diversity, being culturally self-aware, the dynamics of difference, knowledge of students’ culture, and institutionalizing cultural knowledge and adapting to diversity. It also provides strategies for culturally responsive teaching.
- The Influence of Cross-Cultural Experiences and Location on Teachers’ Perceptions of Cultural Competence. The results of this study highlight the importance of cross-cultural experiences in the development of cultural competence and the importance to institutions of higher learning for understanding the cross-cultural experiences typical of the locations from where they draw their students. This resource provides insight into how much, on average, cultural competence and experience new teachers bring to their practice.
- The Teaching Tolerance Webinar Series. This video provides resources to help teachers increase their capacities for culturally responsive teaching.
- Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain. This 45-minute podcast, hosted by the author of the book, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” explains what culturally responsive teaching is, what it isn’t, and how to bring the systems change work needed to include this type of pedagogy in your school or district. In the podcast, the author tackles elements from her book and gives practical examples for teachers and leaders to begin implementing the culturally responsive teaching mindset.
SEL Parent Resources
- Parenting Cue Cards provide common parenting challenges parents might face with their children involving various social and emotional issues and ways to address those challenges.
- Free downloads about SEL activities. Includes materials for teachers to share with families, activities to use in the classroom and sample lesson plans.
- SEL for Parents is an informational video—created by CASEL and Chicago Public Schools—for parents on social and emotional learning (SEL). The video aims to inform parents on SEL in schools and provide them with insights on SEL into their own parenting practices, so they can support their children’s social and emotional know-how.
- EQ 101 for Parents is an online module that parents use to understand what SEL is and ways to support SEL.