Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Academic learning + social-emotional learning = national priority

High-quality schools not only ensure that all students are academically proficient in all subject matters, but also foster students’ reflection, social skills, perseverance, and positive mindsets. These latter skills and knowledge are developed through social and emotional learning (SEL).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 85
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:44

Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 163
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:41

Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success

This paper reviews the current literature on measuring and fostering non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills in this paper refer to personal attributes not thought to be measured by IQ or achievement tests (p.13). The term can be used interchangeably with social and emotional learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 67
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:29

Making whole-child education the norm

This policy brief describes research and policy initiatives that can make social and emotional skills a focal point in children’s education. The authors review the literature on how social and emotional skills develop, and how they are important drivers of cognitive skills, school, and life...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:14

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

A growing body of evidence has shown that social and emotional strengths in children and adults lead to school and life success. This article from the New York Times summarizes some of the key studies that support this claim, and argues that schools and teachers need to promote social and emotional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 84
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

Rethinking How Students Succeed

Noncognitive skills initiatives hold promise for making students more successful. Noncognitive skills, the term used in this article, are related to social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic mindsets; they encompass academic attitudes and behaviors like self-awareness, self-control,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 90
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

How Students Thrive: Positive Youth Development in Practice

The paper outlines five, research-based tenets that underlie schools that can support positive youth development and includes tools that can help educators identify positive youth development practices that are associated with each tenet. The five tenets are:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 03/08/2017 - 10:56

Making Sense of Online Text

"Making Sense of Online Text" by Dr. Julie Coiro is article published in ASCD's Educational Leadership. Dr. Coiro describes why reading online requires additional skills and knowledge that are different from those required to read printed texts. She outlines some of these skills related to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:37

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