Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the premier organization advancing research, school-based programming, and public policy focused on the development of children’s social and emotional competence. Founded in 1994 and based in Chicago, Illinois, CASEL aims to integrate evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) into education settings from preschool through high school. This entry summarizes CASEL’s orienting definition of SEL; some key accomplishments; and plans for future developments in SEL research, policy, and practice.

Defining Social and Emotional Learning

CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies that are critical to helping young people succeed in school and life. Notably, these competencies are not learned in isolation; instead social and emotional learning, the process of acquiring and applying ...

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