ASU GSV Summit: Making Systemic SEL a District Priority

Karen Niemi, President & CEO, CASEL

Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso Independent School DIstrict
Kyla Krengel, Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
Pamela Randall-Garner, Senior Staff Advisor for Collaborating Districts Initiative, CASEL

Social and emotional learning (SEL) makes a difference for students.

Research tells us that SEL in school yields positive outcomes for students, is associated with positive outcomes in young adults, yields a positive return on investment, and much more. Since 2011, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and large, urban districts have been taking on SEL as a districtwide priority and integrating SEL across all aspects of their districts.

This systemic approach to SEL would not be possible without the leadership, commitment, and vision of the district superintendents along with staff at the district and school levels that can implement the work, track progress, and continuously improve. Learn from SEL experts at all levels of the district about why and how districts and schools are prioritizing SEL, what is working, what is challenging, what results they are experiencing, and how this important work is paving the way for other districts.”