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. 

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: 245
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:41

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 191
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:21

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

There is a growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, and this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show that what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 154
Date created: 03/28/2017 - 06:26

Designing for Learning: A Primer on Key Insights from the Science of Learning and Development

From the website: "This primer introduces four key factors that impact learning: cognition, motivation, identity, and individual variability. We selected these areas because a wealth of research indicates that each plays a critical role in how learning happens. Using this research, we developed a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 14:13

Federal Policy

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes new provisions in the law that support social and emotional learning (SEL). This webpage from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides an overview of how SEL is referenced in ESSA. This webpage also includes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 115
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 13:05

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 2 of 3

This blog post from the Committee for Children highlights three important opportunities found in ESSA to advance social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools and states. These areas of opportunity are (1) school accountability systems, (2) grant programs, and (3) school improvement and turnaround...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 110
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 13:19

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: 107
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

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: 102
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

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