Get the best results from social and emotional learning (SEL) and ensure your program is sustainable year-after-year with these best practices, tips, and resources.
Get started creating an effective and sustainable SEL program today! We’ve outlined the six key stages needed to roll out an SEL program in your school or district. Use this as a guide to strategically integrate SEL into normal school and district practice and improve the academic outcomes of your students.
Download a free copy of our implementation infographic and learn how to implement an effective and sustainable SEL program in your school or district.
Exploration and Evaluation
Integration into District Practices
End-of-Year Assessment and Planning for Next Year
A recent CASEL report revealed that while nearly all principals recognize the importance of SEL and are invested in teaching these critical competencies, schools generally need more support, guidance, and training to create effective SEL programs.
We heard you loud and clear! We’ve pulled together helpful information to guide you through the SEL implementation process. Included are resources on the key stages for a successful implementation, how to integrate SEL within your district and school, tips to overcome common challenges, and more.
Read on to learn how to build a strong SEL program in your school, and start reaping the benefits of SEL!
Our 6 Stages of a Successful District-Wide SEL Implementation Plan Infographic gives an overview of how to implement SEL. In this section, we’ve included additional resources to support you through the process.
Strengthen your SEL implementation with:
Even the most well-planned implementations will run into challenges along the way. Here are tools for overcoming obstacles as well as lessons learned by other districts. Use these resources in your planning phase, and refer back to them if you meet a roadblock in your own implementation.
SEL promotes a school culture of mutual respect, high expectations, empathetic support, resilience, and success for all students. Schools can integrate SEL into their normal school practice, and all students can benefit from higher social and emotional competence.
Ready to get started? Watch this webinar to learn specific action steps for implementing a successful and long-term SEL program in your school.
SEL assessments provide valuable insight into your district and school needs and can act as a roadmap to guide your implementation. The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a nationally recognized and award-winning assessment that aligns with CASEL’s five core SEL competencies. The DESSA-mini can be used by schools and districts to quickly and accurately screen students’ social and emotional competence and conduct progress monitoring throughout the year. It includes reports at the school, class, and student levels so educators can use the data to support multiple initiatives and determine program effectiveness. The DESSA also can support educators in making informed decisions and guide long-term planning.
The DESSA is the assessment component of the DESSA System, which provides instant access to targeted SEL intervention strategies and curricula samples from leading SEL providers, including:
Complete the form on the right to demo the DESSA System and learn more about how the DESSA can strengthen SEL at your school.