How do you evaluate the success of your efforts to foster SEL? In this section of the site, we focus on the importance of “evidence-based practices”, which involves utilizing programs, lessons and activities that have been shown to be effective as well as evaluating the effectiveness of your own efforts.

SEL Assess Resources

Online resource for promoting mental and emotional well-being at school

The Well-Being BC website offers practical guides and tools for school administrators and educators towards the implementation of schoolwide supports …

A strengths-based assessment of resiliency in adolescence

Authors Donnon & Hammond (2007) offer an assessment of the psychometric properties of the self-reported Youth Resiliency: Assessing Developmental Strengths …

A 2019 report on the assessment of SEL

Released on September 2019, the Student Social and Emotional Competence Assessment: The Current State of the Field and a Vision

Creating Healthy Classrooms that Encourage Learning

Resilient classrooms

This guide, developed by experts in child development and school psychology, presents educators with classroom-based strategies for supporting student’s psychological …

Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Student’s Social Skills

Promoting Social Skills in the Inclusive Classroom

Full of practical, hands-on strategies, this book provides educators with the tools they need to help improve the social skills …

An online resource for understanding refugee trauma in children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a U.S. organization with a goal to improve access to care, treatment, …

Handbook for assessing and measuring of social skills


Published in 2010, the Practioner’s Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Social Skills, edited by Douglas W. Nangle, David J. …

An app for building Emotional Literacy

The Mood Meter app is a tool that helps build emotional awareness and regulation. Based on the Mood Meter tool, …

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Free evidence-based tool for measuring SEL in schools

Panorama is an organization dedicated to helping schools measure and improve school climate and culture, student’s social-emotional learning, teaching practices …

A Self-Regulation Toolkit for Educators

This online toolkit is designed to help schools and educators incorporate and assess self-regulation in their daily teaching practices. Developed …

Handbook for learning about positive psychology concepts and measures


Published in 2003, the Positive Psychological Assessment Handbook edited by Shane J. Lopez and C. R. Snyder, provides information on …

A Software Tool to Help Children Build Resilience and Handle Non-Academic Issues

Ripple Effects for Kids is an evidence-based tool for children to develop their resilience and the ability to handle non-academic …

Use Self-Assessment to Inspire Learning and Reflection

This downloadable assessment toolkit, created by Dr. Lori Desautels, an assistant professor at Marian University (Wisconsin, USA), is designed to …

The Developmental Assets Framework: Understand, Identify, and Track Development in Critical Areas

The Search Institute (Minnesota, USA), founded in 1958, works with organizations, schools, and community coalitions to solve critical challenges in …

An Assessment Tool for evaluating Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood

The “Ages and Stages” questionnaire is a survey completed by parents that can be used by early childhood educators to …

How do we help students with behavioral challenges?


In Dr. Ross Greene’s 2014 book Lost at School, he continues to develop his model, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), …

Helping behaviourally challenging students


Dr. Ross Green’s 2016 book, Lost and Found – Helping Behaviourally Challenging Students, is a comprehensive overview of the Collaborative …

Promoting student resilience and teaching social and emotional skills in children and adolescents

Strong Kids is an initiative developed at the University of Oregon as part of the Oregon Resiliency Project, aimed at …

A Global Network for promoting Emotional Intelligence

6 Seconds, founded by Anabel Jensen and Joshua Freeman, is a global network supporting the development of emotional intelligence …

Tools, Models, and Assessments for Fostering School and Afterschool Environments

Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR) is a joint initiative between Harvard University and McLean Hospital whose aim is …

How to increase intentionality in fostering Social and Emotional Learning


This issue brief, published on the University of Minnesota extension website in February 2015, highlights the importance of intentionality …

A searchable online database of available school and classroom programs and interventions: The What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), managed by the Institute of Education Sciences on behalf of the U.S Department of Education, …

A searchable online registry of evidence-based programs that support mental health promotion

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human …

A searchable database for identifying evidence-based programs

The Results First Clearinghouse Database was created as a one-stop online resource to help policymakers identify evidence-based programs. The Database …

A searchable database for identifying appropriate social-emotional screening tools

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) in the United States is a collaboration of research partners from …

A strength-based assessment of protective factors for preschoolers: The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment

The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Preschoolers, Second Edition (DECA-P2) is a strengths-based assessment system of within-child protective factors for …

Assessing protective factors in youth: The Resilience Research Synthesis Review Project

The Resilience Research Synthesis Review Project was developed for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service in Canada to …

Choosing measures of social-emotional competencies related to academic achievement

StriveTogether, a U.S.-based group whose mission is to “support the success of every child from cradle to career,” has developed …

A compendium of measures for evaluating school climate: The School Climate Survey Compendia

This compendium is maintained by the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) and is funded by the …

A screening measure for social, emotional and behavioral strengths and difficulties in children and youth

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a 25-item behavioural screening questionnaire developed by R. Goodman in the 1990s that …

A strength-based assessment of social-emotional competence in children: The Devereux Strengths Assessment

The Devereux Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a 72-item strengths-based assessment of social-emotional competence of youth in kindergarten through grade 8. …

Assessing student, parent and educator perceptions of school climate: The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory


The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) was developed by the U.S. National School Climate Center in 2002. The CSCI assesses …

Assessing student perceptions of social-emotional, academic and health outcomes: Tell Them From Me

OurSCHOOL|TTFM (Tell Them From Me) is an evaluation tool designed to help educators and administrators make informed choices on school …

Assessing social, emotional and physical well-being and after-school activities of children in middle childhood: The Middle Years Development Instrument

The Middle Years Development Inventory (MDI) is questionnaire completed by youth in Grade 4 and Grade 7. Developed by the …

A teacher assessment inventory of kindergarten children’s development: The Early Development Inventory

The Early Development Inventory (EDI) is 104-item questionnaire developed by Dr. Dan Offord and Dr. Magdalena Janus through the Offord

Assessing social-emotional skills in Kindergarten through Grade 3 students: SELweb

SELweb is a computer-administered assessment of children’s social-emotional comprehension from kindergarten through grade three developed by the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center …

Evaluating social-emotional competencies in early childhood

This 2008 research synthesis, developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University …

Assessing bullying in schools: The CDC Compendium of Measures

This compendium, published by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011, provides educators, researchers, and practitioners with …

Identifying “model” SEL programs and “promising” SEL programs: University of Colorado’s Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is a project hosted by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at …

Choosing effective SEL programs for Teens: The 2015 CASEL Guide

Building upon CASEL’s 2005 Safe and Sound Guide, the 2015 CASEL Guide considers advances in social and emotional learning …

Choosing effective SEL programs for preschool and elementary children: The 2013 CASEL Guide

Building upon CASEL’s 2005 Safe and Sound Guide, the 2013 CASEL Guide considers advances in social and emotional learning …

Finding SEL programs that work – CASEL’s 2005 Safe and Sound Guide

The 2005 Safe and Sound Guide was CASEL’s first compendium of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, and was designed …

Choosing the best assessment approach for evaluating the impact of SEL on Middle School Youth

Commissioned by the Raikes Foundation, this report reviews existing assessment tools designed to measure the social and emotional well-being of …

Implementing and assessing SEL in preschool and elementary school

This 2011 brief, prepared for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention in the United States, …

High-Quality SEL: What do we look for?

This is a 2014 handout from CASEL that highlights six key features of high-quality standards for social and emotional learning …

Evaluating SEL competencies: Assessment measures for preschool and elementary age students

This compendium, published in 2010 in the United States and supported by CASEL and the University of Illinois – Chicago, …



Schools have primarily focused on academic learning, but over the past few decades, a growing body of research has shown how efforts to foster social and emotional learning (SEL) in children and youth can make a real difference in children’s lives, both now and in the long term. LEARN about what SEL is, why it is important, and the evidence that supports the promotion of social and emotional competence in children and youth.



How do you foster SEL in children and youth?  In this section of the site, we provide links to a broad range of programs, curricula, lesson plans, activities, books, videos and other resources for promoting social and emotional competencies in children and youth.

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