Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning is an integrated framework for how educators, families, and communities can partner to support social and emotional learning (SEL). It was developed by CASEL, a non-profit that aims to make evidence-based SEL an integral part of preK-12 education. The framework focuses on how to promote intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence in many ways across many settings.

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Breakdown by Domain

Domain Key


Key Features

Context & Culture

  • Acknowledges the importance of considering the ethnic and cultural background of students, but indicates that more research is needed to determine if and how modifications can be made to SEL programs to ensure they are more effective for different populations/in cross-cultural settings
  • Provides links to external resources on diversity and inclusion
  • Recommends coordinating strategies across classrooms, schools, homes, and communities and provides targeted resources for each setting

Developmental Perspective

  • Acknowledges the importance of developmental appropriateness
  • No learning progression provided

Associated Outcomes

  • Provides evidence of SEL's impact on academic achievement, equity and poverty, and other lifetime outcomes such as education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health

Available Resources

Support Materials

  • Online resource library that links to books, articles, reports, studies, videos, and more information and research related to SEL
  • Extensive suite of implementation tools and resources that provide guidance and best practices for districts, schools, classrooms, and families

Programs & Strategies

  • Two program guides (elementary and middle/high school) that identify and rate well-designed, effective SEL programs and share best practices for selecting and implementing them

Measurement Tools

  • CASEL is part of a working group that is aiming to establish practical and evidence-based SEL assessments
  • Provides guidance and links to examples of SEL measures used by school districts
  • Offers a compendium of pre-K and elementary social and emotional learning measures

Key Publications

  • CASEL website:
  • Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., & Gullotta, T. P. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice. New York: Guilford Press.

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