General SEL Resources

There are a number of general programs or curriculums that can be used to foster the development of students’ positive psychological and social mindsets. The resources listed below describe options that can be used for schoolwide and classroom contexts as well as by psychologists, counselors, and social workers when supporting with individuals and small group.

CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is a leading authority on fostering the social emotional development of children and adolescents.  The two resources listed below provide link to the latest reviews of SEL programs that can be used for universal (prevention) and targeted (interventions) in school contexts.  link

2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Preschool and Elementary School. link

2015 CASEL Guide:Effective Social and Emotional Learning ProgramsMiddle and High

2019 CASEL SEL 3 Signature Practices: Practical ways to introduce and broaden the use of SEL practices in classrooms, schools, and workplaces (many, practical ideas for day-to-day implantation). link

Navigating SEL from the Inside Out (Elementary School Focus): Harvard University Review and analysis of 25 stand-alone SEL programs. link See also for updated information. 

OJJDP Model Programs: “The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention…”  U.S. Department of Justice  link

Book: Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools: Positive psychology in action for 11- to 14-year-olds 1st Edition (Llona Boniwell & Lucy Ryan)  link

Curriculum: Promoting Student Happiness Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools (Author: Shannon Suldo) link

Curriculum: Sanford Harmony  (P-6). Sanford Harmony provides relationship building strategies that foster stronger classroom communities by helping each child understand and appreciate the diversity in others. No cost program. Training and materials provided. link

Common Sense Education Resources: Explore the topics below to learn more about character strengths like empathy, find actionable activities and edtech tools for the classroom, and discover ways to involve families in SEL learning link

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