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The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

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To visit CASEL website click here.

CASEL was founded in 1994 by Daniel Goleman (author of “Emotional Intelligence”), Eileen Rockefeller Growald, Timothy Shriver, Linda Lantieri, Mark Greenberg and David Sluyter as a not-for-profit organization working to promote science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning. The website defines SEL as follows: “a process for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness” SEL “teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically.” The skills listed as Social-Emotional are:  “managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically. They are the skills that allow children to calm themselves when angry, make friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices.”

While the word “spirituality” is not found on the website, it is certainly involved with contemplative practice, and some of the founders of CASEL have been involved with publications that do stress spirituality (Refer to Lantieri (2001) reviewed here for example.)

Since its establishment CASEL has conducted rigorous evaluations of diverse curricular programs throughout the US. It should be mentioned that SEL has been promoted in a number of Acts within the US congress. Ohio Representative Tim Ryan was involved in the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2011 to “expand the availability of programs that teach students skills such as problem-solving, conflict resolution, responsible decision-making, relationship building, goal-setting and self discipline”. (Refer to this link to a short video of U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan explaining mindfulness and its relation to SEL: http://meaningfulwesternlife.com/2012/04/16/i-applaud-congressman-tim-ryan/)

The 2013 CASEL guide: (http://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/CASEL_Summary-12-20.pdf) “identifies 23 school-based programs that successfully promote students self-control, relationship building and problem solving, among other social and emotional skills.” The five domains that establish the criteria for determining the quality of programs are: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. A list of “SELect” programs across the US appears in this link accompanied by links to each of these programs.

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