The CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL leads school-based teams through a process for systemic SEL implementation.

This process helps schools coordinate and build upon SEL practices and programs to create an environment that infuses SEL into every part of students’ educational experience and promotes equitable outcomes for all students.
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The Schoolwide SEL Process

The School Guide’s four focus areas help you organize, implement, and improve your SEL efforts. While implementation is not a linear process, we recommend beginning with Focus Area 1 to build a strong foundation. Then, your school can engage in activities to both strengthen adult SEL (Focus Area 2) and promote SEL for students (Focus Area 3). Every step of implementation is guided by a process of continuous improvement (Focus Area 4). In each focus area, you’ll also have an opportunity to track your school’s progress through the Schoolwide SEL Implementation Rubric.
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Developing a strong foundation for SEL helps ensure that efforts are sustained long term. This requires engaging the entire school community and developing a coordinated plan for implementation.

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Focus Area 1A

Build Foundational Support

Build foundational support by establishing an SEL team, fostering commitment to SEL, and developing a communications strategy.

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Focus Area 1B

Create a Plan

Develop a shared vision, assess needs and resources, then develop a yearlong SEL implementation plan and budget.


Schoolwide SEL means that both adults and students are actively cultivating their own social and emotional competencies. Here you'll find guidance for supporting SEL for all.

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Focus Area 2

Strengthen Adult SEL

Support all staff in cultivating their own social and emotional competence and promoting SEL for students.

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Focus Area 3

Promote SEL for Students

Create opportunities for students to practice SEL schoolwide, in the classroom, and through family and community partnerships.


Continuous Improvement is essential for quality implementation that's aligned to your school's needs. Here, teams use data to reflect and take action.

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Focus Area 4

Practice Continuous Improvement

Identify opportunities for improvement, and examine data to refine your plan.

Where to Start?

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Wherever you are in the implementation process, the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL can help guide your next steps.

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