The CASEL SEL Financial Sustainability Website provides many resources for studying, understanding, and planning for sustainable systemic districtwide SEL. Here are some additional resources and links for deeper reading and research.
SEL Financial Sustainability Resources
- The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning – Researches examined the use of six evidence-based SEL programs, and found, on average, that every dollar spent, yielded $11 in benefits.
- A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities – A useful guide for funding Districtwide SEL.
- Curing Baumols Disease: In Search of Productivity Gains in K–12 Schooling – While education differs in important ways from other service sectors, improvement in productivity in other economic sectors may hold important lessons for understanding how the education system can become more efficient and effective.
Organizations Participating in the CASEL SEL Financial Sustainability Project
- CASEL – The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning leads the Collaborating District Initiative (CDI). The CDI is funded by NoVo Foundation and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and involves the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as an external evaluator.
- Center on Reinventing Public Education, Dr. Marguerite Roza – Along with a summary of Dr. Roza’s background, there are links to dozens of publications regarding school finance.
- Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University – This research center focuses on exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions and provided valuable insight as the SEL Financial Sustainability Project got started.
- Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and Center for Education Policy at George Washington University – School-based mental health information and resources for grants seekers, make this a useful site for those planning for districtwide systemic SEL.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation This foundation strives “to bring about meaningful, lasting change—with the goal of building a Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. The SEL Financial Sustainability Project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Austin Independent School District (Austin, Texas) AISD began their districtwide SEL initiative in 2011, phasing in SEL over five years through high schools and their feeder schools. This highly structured implementation features explicit social and emotional skills instruction through evidence-based programs, expanding school site SEL to include integration with academic learning, and improving climate and culture.
- Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, Illinois) – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has invested in 14 network SEL specialists who provide professional development and guidance to 664 schools. Along with explicit social and emotional skills instruction and focusing on school culture and climate, SEL is the umbrella for multi-tiered systems of support, student behavior and mental health, and restorative practices. They began their districtwide SEL initiative in 2012.
- Washoe County School District (Reno/Northern Nevada) – Washoe County School District (WCSD) integrates SEL into their Common Core instructional framework and professional development, and as a central strategy for improving the graduation rate. With training and support from the district, each principal and leadership team implements SEL in the context of their school. Washoe County began their districtwide SEL initiative in 2012.
- Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 (Wheaton, Illinois) – This medium-sized district started developing their strategy to implement SEL districtwide in 2010. They utilize existing staff and resources to build adult expertise, provide professional development, and guide, monitor, assess, and refine SEL integration. The key to this strategy is providing SEL professional development and support to principals, who guide a consistent SEL approach at their schools.