Support & Resources

AISD Department of Research & Evaluation
Access the most current research on the Social and Emotional Learning Department within AISD published by our devoted research and evaluation team.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. 

Transforming Education
An assessment work group in partnership with CASEL, the CORE Districts, Harvard University, the RAND Corporation, and others. This group seeks to learn more about existing SEL measures, and provides an assessment guide to help practitioners select measures of social and emotional competence. 

Special thanks to the SEL Department's major funders and strategic growth partners. Each of you make our work possible!


Buena Vista Foundation / Klein Family Foundation / Tapestry Foundation / St. David's Foundation / RGK Foundation / W.K. Kellogg Foundation / Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors / NoVo Foundation / Education First / The Lowe Foundation / Austin Ed Fund / Stratus Properties / Mary & Howard Yancy / MFI Foundation / The Gottesman Family / Allergan Foundation / AK Reynolds Foundation / One Skye Foundation / Tecumseh Foundations / Casey Family Foundation / Cullen Family Charitable Foundation / Kozmetsky Family Foundation  /  The Powell Foundation  

Community Partners

Austin ISD is proud to have over 150 community partners. Some active supporters of SEL include: 

Amala Foundation | Communities in Schools | Creative Action | Andy Roddick Foundation | SAFE Austin | Sylvan Learning | LifeWorks | E4 Youth | Urban Roots | Committee for Children 

In Austin ISD, we believe in creating safe, inclusive, culturally responsive, academically engaging, and equitable learning environments. Those learning environments are created as a result of collaborative work between multiple departments, including:

Child Study Teams & Multi-tiered Systems of Support

Coordinated School Health

Creative Learning Initiative

Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness

Early Childhood

Families as Partners

Office of Counseling 

Special Education

CASEL Website The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school.

Committee for Children
Committee for Children creates research-based SEL materials to help children succeed in school and in life. Their website has information on a variety of SEL curricula, including Second Step, the SEL resource that AISD uses in Pre-K through eighth grade.  

Kids in the House This educational website aims to help teachers, parents and caregivers learn new skills and strategies. This free resource contains over 8,000 videos from 450 leading experts, including doctors, pediatricians, psychologists, educators, best-selling authors, celebrities, and parents themselves.   

Respect for All
AISD's Respect for All initiative focuses on building awareness and encouraging tolerance through social and emotional learning, student-led initiatives and ongoing dialogues, as well as resources for parents, students and educators.  

School-Connect develops, publishes, and trains educators in implementing School-Connect: Optimizing the High School Experience, a program for boosting students' social, emotional and academic skills. This explicit instructional resource is being used at high schools across the district.   

Second Step
Second Step offers numerous online resources for school staff and families using the Second Step program. Second Step is the explicit SEL resource used by teachers in Austin ISD PK–8.

Social and Emotional Learning Parent Toolkit
This website focuses on helping families grow healthy, successful children who can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. This site uses a developmental lens and the SEL framework to organize their strategies. It is available in English and Spanish.