Research, Reports and Articles
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. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school.
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.
Community Support and Resources
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
AISD Council on Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness | Amala Foundation | Communities in Schools | Creative Action | Andy Roddick Foundation | SAFE Austin | Sylvan Learning | LifeWorks | E4 Youth | Urban Roots |Committee for Children | CASEL
Austin ISD Council on Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness
The Austin ISD Council on Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness endeavors to embed depth of thought and action among adult educators. Cultural proficiency is the understanding of an adult that their personal culture and background impacts their students. Inclusiveness is a way of being that shows respect, understanding and acceptance in which diversity is valued as an asset within the AISD community.
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 emotional learning, student-led initiatives and ongoing dialogues. The district's Respect for All website provides important information about the AISD policies that address bullying, harassment and violence, 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 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.