Social–Emotional Learning

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) believes social–emotional learning (SEL) is foundational to education and critical to any organization’s health, well-being, and climate/culture. Equitable conditions that promote SEL skills development are crucial for academic success, engagement, and connected relationships. In addition, advancing equity and social justice through SEL instruction—a practice known as transformative SEL—promotes key constructs of identity, curiosity, collaboration, and more.

SCOE is creating pathways that help incorporate SEL and transformative SEL into everyday practices, policies, and procedures, including professional learning opportunities and communities of practice. Curated tools and resources supporting SEL implementation are also being made available.

About Social–Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL)—a group formed in 1994 to help make social and emotional skills an integral part of education—defines social–emotional learning as the process through which students learn to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve goals. SEL is rooted in the belief that when students feel safe, seen, connected, and valued, they experience a more profound sense of belonging and academic success. They learn to feel and show empathy for others, maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. SEL advances educational equity through school-family-community partnerships and can help address inequity and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.


SCOE leads the CalHOPE SEL partnership and supports a statewide community of practice for all 58 county offices of education in collaboration with the California Department of Health Services, Orange County Department of Education, The Center for Implementation, and the University of California, Berkeley. The partnership is working to support SEL implementation across all counties in California through shared resources, professional development, collaborative networking, and more.