Illinois Social Emotional Learning student standards for grades K-12 were adopted as a result of the 2003 Children’s Mental Health Act. The 10 SEL standards, along with state specific goals, age-appropriate benchmarks, and performance descriptors, were a collaborative effort between ISBE and the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership with technical support from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Resources and tools for integration of SEL standards at the classroom, school and/or district level are provided on this page.
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SEL Classroom book lists
These tri-fold brochure documents connect literature resources to many SEL concepts from Pre-K through HS. These can help educators connect SEL to classroom stories or print out and share with families to incorporate conversations in a book study format.
Classroom Strategy tools
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The following resources related to standards pertaining to Social Emotional Learning:
Social emotional learning standards
Two-page documents by grade level breaking down the goals, standards and descriptions of each, including the standards code.
performance descriptors by grade
To assist educators in all grade levels ISBE has added "Stages" of SEL development that include more detailed performance descriptors of student's skills.
SEL classroom strategies newsletters
SEL Educator focused newsletters
Additional Social Emotional Learning resources:
technology to support SEL Standards
The following document is a guide to technology resources in relation Social Emotional Learning Standards
Bring Mindfulness and Brain Breaks into the classroom
Calm App - The school initiative provides ALL educators the premium platform for FREE. This is great way to introduce mindfulness in the classroom, provide calming techniques in a calming corner or for educator stress relief.
Stop-Breathe-Think App - Educators can claim a lifetime premium access with over 100 activities to support mindfulness, yoga and other calming resources. This is also a "ALEXA" enabled platform so if you use a DOT in the classroom, Alexa can guide the process.
GoNoodle - Movement and mindfulness for kids with interactive videos to get kids moving. A variety of brain break activities that include a channel on just "mindfulness" and one on emotions. This plays on ALL devices and can work in all classrooms.
Introduction to Classroom Collaboration Kit
Facilitators Guide - 60 Minute Resources
Classroom Collaboration Kit Items
Feedback request: SEL integration Guide
Social Emotional Lesson resources
Overcoming Obstacles - The website offers a FREE curriculum for building the foundational skills of Communication, Decision making and Goal Setting. The curriculum is organized into elementary, middle, and high school levels. Educators can choose to follow the path set out within the curriculum or use the "modules" to target specific lessons to fit a identified need for individual classrooms or groups of students. The activities are collaborative and engaging throughout the levels. Educators can also look at lower and upper level items to differentiate lessons. The curriculum is available in Spanish as well as English. (The student activity sheets are translated into 20 different languages as well.) Educators will need to register to access the curriculum and will receive emails about updates as they are added to the website. (There is NOT an abundance of emails.)
Heroes Among Us - Character Development Lessons and guides provided by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Educators can create an account to access grade level specific content and activities for kindergarten through sixth grade on courage, commitment, integrity, sacrifice, citizenship, and patriotism into language and behavior that children can comprehend and embrace. Positive role models demonstrate how we can all choose to be our personal best. Middle and high school appropriate content features non-fiction accounts of Medal of Honor Recipients' and citizen heroes' actions. Assignments for individual and group work, assessment suggestions, and extended activities guide educators and students through this character resource. Videos are moving and geared towards speaking to student populations, making connections to concepts that matter.
CenterVention has a selection of free resources with lesson in the following skill areas- Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control and Social Initiation. The items on this linked page can be downloaded and used in any classroom. (Elementary/Middle school based lessons.) There are also supplemental resources for Classroom management and decorations to support the other concepts.