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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 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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