Social & Emotional Learning

Aspen Institute

  • The Practice Base For How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional & Academic Development outlines promising practices that show how students, teachers, parents, and administrators can integrate social, emotional, and academic learning in preK-12 education. The report, which represents the vision of the 34-member Council of Distinguished Educators, calls for widespread implementation of these strategies as essential to students' success in their schools, homes, workplaces, and communities.

Association for Psychological Science

  • True Grit

    • Article published in Observer, May 2013.

    • This article reviews research relating to the links between optimism, perseverance, and a growth mindset to achievement in academic studies and in life.

Center on Education Policy

  • A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities

    • Published May 2014 by the Center on Education Policy (CEP)

    • Federal education funding has often been overlooked by districts in search of sources of support for prevention. This guide is intended to help school districts take advantage of those funds by identifying K-12 grant programs in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that could be used to implement prevention efforts and social-emotional learning in elementary and secondary schools.

    • The guide also provides examples of schools, districts, and state education agencies that have successfully supported their prevention programs with federal education dollars. An annotated bibliography of significant research regarding the impacts of school-based behavioral and emotional health interventions on student academic performance accompanies the guide.

Character Education Partnership (CEP)

  • Character Education Partnership aims to benefit society through school reform that addresses not only academics, but also moral, social, emotional, and ethical issues. CEP has the tools, methods, and strategies to empower teachers, parents and community members to help schools achieve the important goals of character development.

  • Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education. All share a commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.

  • Archived webinars

Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

  • Aligning Social Skill Acquisition with Colorado Academic Content Standards

  • Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    • The mission of the Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Initiative within the Colorado Department of Education is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners in Colorado.

  • Evidence-Based Practices in School Mental Health: Social Skills

  • Measuring School Climate: A Toolkit for Districts and Schools

    • This toolkit was released in October 2012 through the contributions of individuals serving on the School Climate Subcommittee of the Colorado Bullying Prevention Working Group representing critical community stakeholders and educational leadership statewide.

    • Developed by Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Education Initiative (then Colorado Legacy Foundation) with assistance from Colorado School Safety Resource Center and the Gill Foundation.

    • Effective approaches to addressing bullying focus on improving school climate as a key approach to prevent bullying in addition to teaching adults and students skills to appropriately respond to bullying when it occurs. Given the importance of school climate in bullying prevention, it is recommended that districts and schools focus on measuring school climate rather than narrowly focusing on measuring bullying. This toolkit provides guidelines for measuring school climate, assessing readiness, obtaining parent consent, using multiple sources of data to monitor climate, conducting a focus group, communicating your results, and includes a comparison of common climate surveys.

Colorado Education Initiative

  • The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent non-profit that collaborates with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), schools and districts across the state to accelerate achievement for all Colorado students.

  • Social and Emotional Supports

Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

  • The mission of the Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Initiative within the Colorado Department of Education is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners in Colorado.

  • Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

    • The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

National Commission on Social Emotional & Academic Development

Southern Poverty Law Center

University of California - Los Angeles UCLA

  • Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA

    • Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Our mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools.

    • The center receives a constant flow of information and resources, outreaches for more, and based on ongoing assessments and analyses of needs related to policy, practice, research, and training, develops new resources and networks and provides strategic support. A key aspect of this is a focus on the latest reports, evaluations, prevalence/incidence data, and empirically and evidence based outcome studies. All identified relevant resources are added to our clearinghouse and entered as topical links on our website's Quick Find for ready access.

    • Education Leaders' Guide to Transforming Student and Learning Supports (Published - April 2014)

U.S. Department of Education



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