There is solid and growing evidence that well-designed, well-implemented and well-integrated school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) positively impacts academic, social, and mental health outcomes. Since 2011, the CASEL Collaborating Districts initiative has demonstrated that large urban districts can systematically provide SEL for all students, and achieve positive outcomes as a result.
The Robert Johnson Wood Foundation and CASEL embarked on the SEL Financial Sustainability Project, as part of CASEL’s Collaborating District Initiative, to research and report on how school districts can effectively prioritize, fund and sustain their SEL initiatives, so that SEL becomes everlasting, woven into the fabric of the district. Achieving financial sustainability requires districts to move beyond a single initial funding source to a diverse long term funding strategy that can weather leadership changes and political challenges.
Here you will find the results of that effort. You will find resources to learn more about key elements that build financial sustainability, four district case studies with implementation strategies, sample budgets and lessons learned, and a financial planning tool kit, with interactive financial and budget modeling planning tools. It’s all here to help you get started and maintain your momentum.