Chicago Public School District

  • Chicago Public Schools has created a network of 14 SEL specialists to provide development and guidance to its 664 schools. With explicit social and emotional skills instruction focusing on school culture and climate, SEL is the umbrella for multi-tiered systems of support, student behavior and mental health, restorative practices, and adjudication of expulsions.



“We needed SEL expertise in the form of specialists at the network level to work on fidelity of implementation and to provide support and guidance to schools…. Many teachers are now beating the drum for SEL.”  – Karen Van Ausdal, Executive Director, Office of Social and Emotional Learning, Chicago Public Schools (from 2013-2015)