Interactive SEL Framework

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

CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework outlines five SEL areas and corresponding competencies. Supporting resources share ideas for building equitable learning environments and building SEL skills.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making


  • Designed to guide instruction and inform program or curriculum development
  • Framework competencies contextualized within classroom, school, family and caregiver, and community settings
  • Available in English and Spanish

Supporting resources

  • The Group Reflection Protocol for SEL tool includes prompts and discussion questions to help practitioners think through implementing SEL in an educational setting
  • Additional resources for those implementing SEL include District Resource Center, CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL, trends, and best practices briefs
  • Articles and research illustrating the benefits of SEL

Key Takeaways

  • The SEL Framework competencies are applicable to all ages and are relevant to any educational, employment, community or family setting.
  • Practitioners within adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary education can use the framework to build curriculum and instruction, create shared language, and increase self-awareness about the social emotional skills participants will need for academic success, school and civic engagement, health and wellness, and fulfilling careers.
  • The implementation guidance recommends a systemic approach to create an equitable learning environment, where SEL practices are implemented across the whole program or organization.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all students. CASEL drives research, advocates for policy, guides practice, and convenes networks on the topic of social emotional learning.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Emotional Intelligence

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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