SEL Guys

These are the guys pushing “Social Emotional Learning” in “Education”

The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Buddies

The Aspen Institute

The Learning Policy Institute’s Linda Darling-Hammond

Business Roundtable President John Engler

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver

Jim Shelton, president of education for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust



Mr. Jorge Benitez
Former CEO, Accenture North America

Mr. Laszlo Bock
Senior Advisor, Google, Inc.

Mr. Hugh Price
Former President and CEO
National Urban League

Ms. Karen Pittman
President, CEO, and Co-Founder
The Forum for Youth Investment

Governor Brian Sandoval
Governor of Nevada; Vice Chair, National
Governors Association

Mr. James Shelton
President of Education
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Mr. Gene Wilhoit
Executive Director
National Center for Innovation in Education

Mr. Antwan Wilson
Oakland Public Schools

Dr. Nancy Zimpher
State University of New York

Dr. Pamela Cantor
Chief Executive Officer
Turnaround For Children

Dr. David Osher
Vice President and Institute Fellow
American Institutes for Research

Ms. Ellen Galinsky
Chief Science Officer and Executive Director,
Mind in the Making, Bezos Family Foundation

Alliance for Excellent Education

National Association of State Boards of

American Association of School Administrators

National Conference of State Legislatures

American Federation of Teachers

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum

National Education Association

National Governors Association

Council of Chief State School Officers

National PTA

Council of Great City Schools

National School Boards Association

Edutopia/George Lucas Educational Foundation

National Urban League, Inc.

National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP)



  • Alliance for Excellent Education
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)
  • America’s Promise Alliance
  • ASCD
  • Citizen Schools
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Communities in Schools
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Council of Great City Schools
  • The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
  • Edutopia, produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Learning Heroes
  • Moms Rising
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Education Association
  • National Governors Association
  • National League of Cities
  • National PTA
  • National School Boards Association
  • National Urban League
  • National 4-H Council
  • Playworks
  • YMCA


CASEL Buddies

1440 Foundation

1440 Foundation’s mission is to support programs and best practices that cultivate authentic relationship skills in education, wellness and the workplace.

Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust’s mission is to help people get along better. By investing in evidence-based programs and in partnership with national organizations, it seeks to inspire a movement of empathetic citizens who, with mutual respect and understanding, ultimately build an increasingly civil society.

Institute of Education Sciences

The mission of IES, the research arm of the U.S.Department of Education, is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly.

McCormick Foundation

The McCormick Foundation seeks to foster communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens.

NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. The foundation supports the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively — to help create a caring and balanced world.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. Its efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care — how it’s delivered, how it’s paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries.



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