K12 Social Emotional Learning Resources

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Readiness is More Than Academic Knowledge

See the connection of high school students’ social and emotional skills correlated with their ACT test scores and, relatedly, to their college readiness.

Help Students Develop Social and Emotional Skills

Get the SEL ebook with downloadable tools and lessons to help foster key social and emotional skills.

Learn How to Create an SEL Program

Overcome the challenge of establishing an effective Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program through eight steps supported by research and experts.

Improving School Climate by Developing SEL

Improve school climate by developing emotional skills and competencies for ALL students, not for just the behaviorally challenged ones.

SEL + MTSS: How to Empower Middle Schoolers to Navigate Rough Waters

Using SEL as part of a multi-tiered support system to help middle schoolers stay resilient. 

“X Factor” for College Readiness: Social and Emotional Learning

Research confirms SEL skills strongly predict academic achievement, career success, and lifelong well-being.

Applying for a GEAR UP Grant

Q&A with Norma O. McCormick at Region One Education Service Center in Texas.

Maintaining Meaningful Teacher-Student Connections

Research has demonstrated just how vital school and teacher connections are for students.

A Formative Approach to SEL Assessment

The process of SEL assessment and why a formative approach is well-suited to implementing an effective SEL assessment system.

SEL and Equity: Follow the Data

How social and emotional learning (SEL) can be leveraged to promote educational equity.  The data, research, and some practical applications.

Administrator’s Role in Middle School Growth Mindset

Middle school is a time of rapid growth and occasional uncertainty for students. How educators can help build resiliency for a successful future.

Make SEL a Cornerstone of MTSS

Consider SEL for all three tiers of your MTSS framework to deliver effective and sustainable implementations.

Build a Resilient SEL Strategy: Pair SEL with MTSS

Learn why a solid Tier I approach to SEL makes the greatest impact on academic achievement and school culture.


Webinar: How District Leaders are Using Social Emotional Learning to Promote Equity in Education

View this on-demand webinar to learn more about the role of social and emotional learning in advancing equity and success; equity-focused lessons learned from SEL research with students of color and from low-income communities; and innovative social and emotional strategies and tools that educators can use to improve student outcomes post pandemic. Duration: 60 minutes.


Jumpstart Your SEL Planning

Provides proven steps to enhance SEL programming throughout your district and school.

Does Teaching SEL Make a Difference?

The effects of SEL instruction in the classroom.

Demystifying Social-Emotional Learning

How measuring SEL skills affects classroom achievement and beyond.

SEL and Trauma-Informed Practices: Creating a Support Environment for all Learners

Explores the impact of trauma on students and how educators can apply trauma-informed practices in their classroom and the school at-large.

How to Stem a "Covid-19" Learning Slide

Help students expand their "Can Do Circle" in both academic and personal areas and adopt a growth mindset for future success.

SEL Best Practices for Any Learning Environment 

How to help fuel positive school climate, and take away applicable SEL best practices for distance learning, in-classroom learning, or a hybrid approach.


Maintaining Composure
Social Connection
Sustaining Effort
Getting Along with Others
Keeping an Open Mind

ACT Solution for Social Emotional Learning