Integration of SEL and Instruction

Social and emotional competencies serve as a foundation for achieving academic goals, while academic instruction also provides a ripe opportunity for teaching and practicing SEL. Through schoolwide SEL, your team can ensure that SEL is woven throughout academic instructional time to support and deepen learning.

The integration of SEL and academics involve three interdependent components:

Fostering academic mindsets

Aligning SEL and academic objectives

Using interactive instructional practices and structures to promote SEL

We recommend that your SEL team supports teachers in using all three components to integrate SEL and academics. Your school may also choose to adopt an evidence-based SEL program that provides specific guidance and activities for integrating SEL and academics. (See the CASEL Program Guides for a list of evidence-based programs.) Not all evidence-based programs address SEL and academic integration, so you may choose to supplement your program with additional support for teachers.

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Teacher Self-Assessment: Integrating SEL into daily instruction

This tool allows teachers to track their use of integration strategies and make notes about which strategies they wish to use more often.


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Using Grade-Level Team Meetings to Support the Integration of SEL into Instruction

This tool provides guidance for using grade-level team meetings to collaborate and reflect on strategies for SEL integration.

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