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Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum and Alignment Tools

For Educators and Youth Service Professionals

Note that the following information and webinars are not an endorsement by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) of these products. Curricula shared on this page meet two criteria: 1) curriculum is an evidence-based program (EBP) as determined by presence on a national registry of EBP; and 2) the program has aligned their curriculum to the Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies. While the DPI does not endorse any specific programs, it is recommended that you choose an EBP. To learn  more about evidence-based curricula, visit the Preschool and Elementary Edition CASEL Guide, the Middle and High School Edition CASEL Guide, and DPI's Evidence-Based Practices spreadsheet that provides programs verified as evidence-based on a National Registry or verified by previous School-based Mental Health Services Grantees. For more information, The Social and Emotional Learning & Mental Health Evidence-Based Strategies Guide provides SEL program registries and resources to inform and guide SEL curriculum selection.
Click here to download a SEL Grade Level Guide that provides an overview of each grade level served by the curricula below.


7 Mindsets

7 Mindsets provides a proven framework for social-emotional learning, sustainable positive school climate, and character development. Our K-12 curriculum, professional development, and ongoing support change the way educators and students think, interact, and live. 7 Mindsets delivers research-based, age-appropriate, culturally relevant, digital lessons as well as powerful educator training and coaching for professional and professional growth. The 7 Mindsets common language and practices extend beyond the classroom, connecting homes and communities to thrive.

7 Mindsets webinar  

7 Mindsets presentation

7 Mindsets Alignment Tool

Building Assets, Reducing Risk (BARR)

Designed by a 9th-grade counselor, Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) is a strengths-based secondary whole school (grades 6-12) model that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of all students.

Caring School Community®

Caring School Community (CSC) builds classroom and schoolwide community (K-8) while developing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and competencies. It is designed to help students become caring, responsible members of their school communities and, ultimately, to grow into humane, principled, and skilled citizens of a democratic society. From the first day of Kindergarten through the last day of grade 8, the lessons in the program help teachers create warm, safe, and disciplined classroom environments where students can develop the skills and dispositions they need to interact constructively with others. The program achieves this by doing the following:

  • building caring relationships with and among students
  • directly teaching social skills
  • creating calm, orderly learning environments through the effective use of classroom management practices
  • helping students acquire self-discipline through a caring and effective approach to discipline

CSC Kindergarten Alignment with SEL Competencies

CSC Grade 1 Alignment with SEL Competencies

CSC Grades 2-3 Alignment with SEL Competencies

CSC Grades 4-5 Alignment with SEL Competencies

CSC Grades 6-8 Alignment with SEL Competencies

CSC Webinar and CSC Webinar presentation slides

Competent Kids, Caring Communities

CKCC is a comprehensive, school-wide, social-emotional learning program from Early Childhood through 5th Grade whose mission is to develop Competent Kids within the context of Caring Communities through involving children and the adults who support them in building children's social-emotional competencies. CKCC is a program of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, a premier family therapy training and research institute based in New York City.

CKCC Alignment tool

The PATHS® Curriculum

The PATHS® curriculum is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program that provides children in grades Pre K-6 the skills they need to promote social and emotional development and find positive, nonviolent solutions to social problems.

PATHS Pre K-3 Alignment with Social and Emotional Competencies

PATHS Webinar

PATHS Grades 4-5 Alignment with Social and Emotional Competencies

PATHS Grade 6 Alignment with Social and Emotional Competencies

Positive Action

Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions.

Positive Action Pre K-5 Alignment with Social and Emotional Competencies

Positive Action Grade 6-Adult Alignment with Social and Emotional Competencies

Positive Action webinar and Positive Action webinar PowerPoint

Sanford Harmony

Sanford Harmony is a Pre-K-6th-grade CASEL-SELect program that supports PBIS and builds healthy relationships and supportive learning communities where all students are valued. Students learn social-emotional learning strategies to enhance connection, collaboration and communication through Everyday Practices and lessons. Lessons are focused around five main unit themes of Diversity and Inclusion, Empathy and Critical Thinking, Communication, Problem Solving and Peer Relationships.

Wisconsin Alignment Pk-K

Wisconsin Alignment 1-3

Wisconsin Alignment 4-5

Wisconsin Alignment 6-8

Sanford Harmony Webinar and Sanford Harmony webinar PowerPoint presentation

School Connect

School-Connect is an engaging 80-lesson multimedia curriculum designed to help secondary students boost their social, emotional, and academic skills to prepare for high school, college and the workplace.

Second Step

Designed for Early Learning-Grade 8, the evidence-based Second Step SEL Program features tools, teaching aids, activity guides, and resources for classroom teachers to ensure successful social-emotional skills instruction. In addition to classroom materials, we offer online resources to help plan lessons, train staff and communicate with families.

Second Step Webinar and corresponding PowerPoint presentation

SSIS SEL Class-wide Intervention Program

A comprehensive, evidence-based, social-emotional learning system that also assesses key academic skills and integrates the different components with an aligned, multi-tiered intervention.

WDPI SEL competencies table PreK-5

WDPI SEL competencies table 6-adult

SSIS SEL Classwide Intervention Program Webinar

Stop & Think Social Skills Program

The Stop & Think Social Skills Program is an evidence-based program through the US Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is the anchor of our Positive Behavioral Support/Social-Emotional Learning System (PBSS/SEL), and it has been implemented in thousands of schools nationwide over the past 35+ years. The Program has been implemented with students at all levels of "the Tiers"- including, for example, adolescents in juvenile detention centers and residential settings for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities.

The Stop & Think Social Skills Program has demonstrated effectiveness in helping preschool through high school students develop social, emotional, and behavioral self-management skills. Many counselors and school psychologists also use it with students who have more significant behavioral needs (it was originally developed in a day treatment program with psychotic, autistic, and similarly significantly involved students).

WDPI SEL Competencies Stop and Think Program Crosswalk preK-5

WDPI SEL Competencies Stop and Think Program Crosswalk 6-12

Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching is comprised of a set of well-designed practices intended to create a safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school community. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs.

Responsive Classroom Competencies PreK-5

Responsive Classroom Competencies 6-12

Too Good for Violence

Social Perspectives is a comprehensive, evidence-based social and emotional learning curriculum that develops and applies social and emotional learning skills for conflict resolution, bullying prevention, anger management, and respect for self and others.

TGVSP Kindergarten

Wisconsin SEL 1-3

Wisconsin SEL 4-5

Wisconsin SEL 6-8

Wisconsin SEL High School


Tribes Learning Communities

Tribes Learning Communities (Tribes TLC®) is a research-based program that creates a culture that maximizes learning and human development. The Tribes group development process focuses on resiliency and the stages of human development in order to create a positive learning environment and promote academic social and emotional learning.

The Mission of Tribes is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each has the knowledge, competency, and resilience to be successful in today’s rapidly changing world.

Mosaic™ by ACT®

Mosaic™ by ACT® is a robust Social Emotional Learning program that encompasses a comprehensive assessment, K-12 curriculum, and educator professional development— including a breadth of options for English learners. Our solution is available through online or blended delivery and seamlessly integrates into a school’s learning management system.

Mosaic by ACT SEL Assessment measures CASEL-aligned social and emotional (SE) skills, in addition to school climate, to provide clear feedback to students, educators, and parents. Our advanced assessment methodology goes beyond traditional self-reporting to yield more reliable, valid results. In conjunction with Mosaic by ACT SEL comprehensive curriculum, this solution cultivates growth mindset, while helping students learn to manage anxiety and improve mental health. It also provides educators with engaging and meaningful resources for employing SEL principles, creating a more positive school culture and empowering teachers and administrators to become agents of change.

Download the alignment tool of Mosaic™ by ACT® with the DPI SEL Competencies.

To learn more about Mosaic™ by ACT® visit the Mosaic™ by ACT® website.


For Curriculum Providers and Developers

The DPI does not endorse any SEL curriculum or program. Wisconsin is a local control state, meaning school districts have the authority to choose their programs. When state or federal dollars are being used to purchase a program or service, that program or service must be evidence based. Due to the deep well of evidence-based programs for SEL, these curricula require placement on a national registry. The number of SEL programs and resources are expanding greatly. The DPI does not have the capacity to review and vet programs.

The DPI welcomes high-quality, effective resources for SEL. If your SEL curriculum is evidence based as defined above, you do have the opportunity to align your program with the Wisconsin SEL Competencies, as do the curricula shared above. 

Recommendation for program providers:

  • Become familiar with Wisconsin’s SEL and School-based Mental Health resources
  • Investigate the different national registries and their criteria for inclusion on their lists
  • Be clear about the research that has been done on your programs, and try to include outcome studies in addition to endorsement
For questions about this information, contact Andrea Donegan (608) 224-6175