A framework is simply a tool that helps organize ideas in order to provide a foundation for thinking, communicating, and acting. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a field with a growing number of different frameworks. However, having so many frameworks can be confusing, and selecting a framework or combining frameworks can be difficult. Finding a useful framework can help provide a foundation for SEL assessment and improvement efforts.
Support SEL Practitioners
The members of the Assessment Work Group responsible for Measuring SEL are preparing four series of briefs about SEL frameworks. These briefs will summarize what frameworks are, describe specific frameworks, explore ways to compare and align frameworks, and examine critical topics. The Framework Brief series are designed to help school, district, and state teams as they select, create, or align frameworks that guide the implementation and continuous improvement of their preschool to high school SEL programming and practice.
Framing the way we work on SEL
- Read SEL Frameworks – What are They and Why are They Important?
- Read SEL Frameworks – Practical Challenges and Opportunities
- Read Ten Criteria for Describing and Selecting SEL Frameworks
Descriptions and Ratings of Common SEL Frameworks
Coming in March 2019
Comparing different frameworks
- Read Introduction to the Taxonomy Project: Tools for Selecting & Aligning SEL Frameworks
- Read Social-Emotional Competencies in Context: Using Social-Emotional Frameworks to Build Educators’ Understanding
- Read An Examination of Frameworks for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Reflected in State K-12 Learning Standards
Learning about issues in SEL
- Read Keeping SEL Developmental: The Importance of a Developmental Lens for Fostering and Assessing SEL Competencies and brief summary
- Read Equity & Social Emotional Learning: A Cultural Analysis and brief summary