Collaborating States Initiative- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Office of Student and Family Support

Collaborating States Initiative

Massachusetts is one of seven states participating in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL's) two-year Collaborating States Initiative (CSI). The CSI is an inter-state partnership on the development of policies, learning standards or goals, and guidelines to support statewide implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL). Other participating states include: California, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

While the needs and approaches of supporting social and emotional outcomes vary from district to district, ESE intends to partner with our stakeholders to establish a common language and shared vision of positive social and emotional competencies for all students. Partnership with CASEL and other participating states will allow ESE to achieve those goals by:

  • Engaging with our stakeholders, especially our teachers, administrators, and specialized instructional support personnel (SISP);

  • Integrating SEL principles with existing initiatives Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document and resources (e.g., Curriculum Frameworks, standards, and guidance);

  • Building useful, well-aligned resources.

To receive occasional updates about the progress of this initiative or to submit comments about social and emotional learning in Massachusetts, fill out this brief form.





Last Updated: October 5, 2016



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