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Program Guide

With hundreds of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs available to schools and districts, where do educators begin?

Read more about the Program Guide

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How to get started

Research shows that well-implemented, evidence-based SEL programs are the most effective way to promote students’ healthy social and emotional development, increase academic performance, and support young people’s success and well-being in school and beyond. Help your team choose a high-quality SEL program to meet your community’s needs.

Step 1

Determine your SEL team and goals

Use this process to align and set priorities.

This helps ensure you select a program that reflects the hopes and needs of your school community as well as matching the school and or district’s priorities.

Align your team
Step 2

Connect your needs to our metrics

Use CASEL’s metrics to accomplish your SEL goals

CASEL showcases a variety of features for each program, here you will find descriptions of each feature within our review process.

Familiarize yourself with the program designations

Each program included in CASEL’s guide receives a designation. Here you will find the criteria for SELect, Promising, and SEL-Supportive programming.

Connect your criteria
Step 3

Identify and compare SEL programs

Explore all SEL programs

The program list includes all CASEL-designated SEL programs that you can view and filter to best align with your goals.

View the program list

Compare SEL programs based on your priorities

The comparison tool provides a side-by-side view of the programs you select that align with your priorities.

Access the comparison tool

Submit your SEL program to CASEL

Interested in learning more about the Program Guide criteria?

Read our criteria for inclusion rationale brief and explore the steps in our program review process.

Are you looking to submit your SEL program for review?

Explore our submission resources to know what to expect and learn how to submit your program for review.

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