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Navigating SEL From the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 18 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers—Middle & High School Focus

Stephanie M. Jones, Katharine E. Brush, Samantha Wettje, Thelma Ramirez, Aashna Poddar, Alisha Kannarr, Sophie P. Barnes, Annie Hooper, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Edwin Chng
November 2022 | The EASEL Lab @ The Harvard Graduate School of Education

This guide from The Wallace Foundation describes the social and emotional learning programs at 18 middle and high schools. The guide was written by Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Stephanie Jones, an expert in social and emotional learning, along with a team of researchers. It is a practical resource that provides profiles of each program, including the specific skills targeted and instructional methods used. Some programs, for example, are designed to help students regulate their behavior and build positive relationships, while others are aimed at developing certain mindsets or character traits. Much of the guide focuses on detailed program information, while introductory chapters discuss a range of topics, including SEL in out-of-school-time (OST) programming, equitable SEL, and a trauma-sensitive approach to SEL.