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Caring School Community Curriculum Is Designated a CASEL SELect Program

Caring School Community Curriculum Receives CASEL’s Highest Designation for Quality Social and Emotional Learning Programming

  • Caring School Community has been awarded SELect status by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). SELect is CASEL’s highest designation for social and emotional learning (SEL) programs.
  • Caring School Community is featured in the newly published CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.
  • Impact: Caring School Community is used in more than 35,900 classrooms, reaching an estimated 568,000 students in 576 districts/organizations nationwide.

ALAMEDA, California — June 7, 2021 — Center for the Collaborative Classroom announced that its Caring School Community curriculum has been evaluated by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and has received SELect status, CASEL’s highest designation for quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programming.

As a recommended curriculum, Caring School Community is included in the new edition of the CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.

Caring School Community is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program that is currently in use in more than 35,900 classrooms—teaching SEL competencies and social skills, transforming inequitable discipline practices, and building safe, inclusive learning communities for 568,000 students in 576 school districts and organizations nationwide,” said Dr. Kelly Stuart, Collaborative Classroom’s President and COO. “We’re delighted that CASEL has once again endorsed Caring School Community as a SELect program.”

“Social and emotional learning has been at the heart of our mission as a nonprofit organization since our founding in 1980,” added Stuart. “We have always recognized that relationships are fundamental to learning, and that a child’s sense of community is essential to healthy development and academic growth. Caring School Community embodies our many years of research-driven, classroom-tested work on social and emotional learning.”

“Social and emotional learning has been at the heart of our mission as a nonprofit organization since our founding in 1980,” added Stuart. “We have always recognized that relationships are fundamental to learning, and that a child’s sense of community is essential to healthy development and academic growth. Caring School Community embodies our many years of research-driven, classroom-tested work on social and emotional learning.”

Caring School Community was originally published in 2009 and received CASEL SELect status. An enhanced and expanded second edition of the curriculum was published in 2018 and received SELect status in June 2021.

According to CASEL, Caring School Community’s renewed status as a SELect program in 2021 means that the curriculum “met or exceeded all of CASEL’s criteria for high-quality SEL programming.”

The SELect designation “indicates that a program is evidence-based, well-designed, and classroom-based, and that it systematically promotes students’ social and emotional competence, provides opportunities for practice, offers multiyear programming, and delivers high-quality training and other implementation supports.”

The SELect designation “indicates that a program is evidence-based, well-designed, and classroom-based, and that it systematically promotes students’ social and emotional competence, provides opportunities for practice, offers multiyear programming, and delivers high-quality training and other implementation supports.”

Educators on Caring School Community

Caring School Community has helped me understand my students on a deeper level because they are now capable of telling about themselves on a deeper level . . . When you know your students better, you’re going to be a better teacher. You’re going to be able to picture them in every lesson you plan and incorporate their interests. It’s cyclical in that way: When you get to know your students, your whole practice is improved. It’s in the way you show up to connect with your students.” —Carrie Landheer, 4–5 Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, CA

Caring School Community does exactly what its name implies, providing intentional opportunities for both students and adults to authentically connect and learn together to create a lasting community that can transform a school culture.”  —Lisa M., Intervention and Training Specialist for Social-Emotional Learning, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

Webinar: Understanding Caring School Community’s CASEL SELect Status

On July 29, join us for a 30-minute webinar that unpacks why and how Caring School Community met or exceeded CASEL’s highest-level criteria for quality SEL programming. We’ll consider implications for school leaders as they seek to address the SEL needs of students and staff. Learn more and register.

About Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Collaborative Classroom’s mission as a nonprofit is to help students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers while they develop the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive.

Founded in 1980, Center for the Collaborative Classroom conducted seminal research on social development. Collaborative Classroom has evolved into a partner for schools and districts that is dedicated to transforming the school experience, developing students, and empowering teachers. The organization’s work impacts 7 million students and 285,000 teachers in classrooms every day. Learn more at collaborativeclassroom.org.

About CASEL

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning. CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. Learn more at casel.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Peter Brunn
Vice President for Organizational Learning
pbrunn@collaborativeclassroom.org
510.914.0893