Analyzing CASEL’s Report on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has always been at the forefront of advancing the field of social and emotional learning (SEL).

When districts started to elevate questions and explore intersections between SEL and equity efforts in schools, CASEL formed the Equity Work Group (EWG) to further advance research and practical guidance related to equity-centered social-emotional learning.

Amidst a global pandemic — coupled with recent racial injustices across the country — it is more important than ever to insure that all conversations related to education also include equity.

Based on ongoing efforts of the school districts in the EWG, CASEL recently published a report to highlight five emerging insights to advance SEL as a lever for equity.

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These five insights are further supported by examples of current practices used by districts to drive this effort. CASEL acknowledges that much is yet to be learned about how these district efforts are best implemented, and has published the report with the hope to help districts at all stages of SEL implementation. The full report can be accessed here, and our team summarized key takeaways in the below infographic.

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