Metro RESA Social-Emotional SEL Toolkit

(Click HERE for a PDF version of this toolkit) 

About this Toolkit 

In recent years, more and more school districts have begun to prioritize social emotional learning (SEL) and adopt a whole child approach to education.  Similarly, as they have begun to focus more on the social emotional development of their students, there has been a stronger interest in social emotional learning curriculum.  This push, coupled with the recent school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, has sparked the creation of this toolkit.   

When students return to school, SEL supports will be more crucial than ever, not just in the immediate future, but also over the next couple of academic years.  While all students need supportive relationships and nurturing learning environments, these factors become even more important for those students facing additional stress.  Furthermore, skill development on how to express, process and cope with the various emotions, as well as feelings of change, fear, and uncertainty, will be paramount.  Schools will need to adopt SEL practices to support the wide ranges of student needs.   

This toolkit provides flexible SEL lessons teachers can implement with students in the classroom based on the core competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  Lessons can be delivered in person or virtually to meet the varying needs of educators and students.  It is important to note that while the toolkit was developed partially in response to COVID-19, the lessons are not exclusive to just this moment in history and can still be utilized once the pandemic ends.   


The toolkit is designed to provide school staff with ready to implement lessons that will assist them in integrating SEL into their teaching practices. Administrators and any educator in the school community can also use this toolkit to find lessons, tools, and resources to improve students social, emotional, behavioral, and academic skills.  

Toolkit Organization 

The toolkit has two primary sections.  Click HERE for a printable version of the How-To guide. Click the links below to access resources for each section.