Social Emotional Learning




Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for success in school, work, and life. That’s why the First Partner joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond to launch “Advance SEL in California,” a new campaign to engage educators, school leaders, and families in a wider conversation about how to advance, elevate, and spur action on SEL best practices in California.


Advance SEL in California will run from May-August of 2020 and culminate in a report on the status of SEL in the state, with recommendations for how teachers, school leaders, and families can address the social and emotional needs of students both in response to COVID-19 and over the long term. Our long-term vision is to set school leaders up for success and spur them to action by:


    • Creating the right environment for SEL instruction by promoting approaches to serve the “whole child,” including community school models;
    • Getting qualified teachers into the classroom who can implement SEL best practices; and
    • Providing resources for schools to train those teachers on SEL best practices.

The Social Emotional Learning initiative is built on three pillars:

Now it’s your turn – join us:

  • Looking to join the conversation? Follow @AdvanceSELinCA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Are you an educator or school leader? To participate in our educator-focused SEL Forums, send an email to

Our Partners:


Advance SEL in Action!