Equity through SEL

Integrate SEL & Equity with Transformative SEL 

Transformative SEL (T-SEL) is a form of SEL where young people and adults build strong, respectful, and lasting relationships to engage in co-learning. T-SEL facilitates critical examination of individual and contextual factors that contribute to inequities and collaborative solutions that lead to personal, community, and societal well-being. (CASEL.org).

T-SEL leverages SEL skills to focus on just and caring environments and amplifies the following focal constructs: 

  • Identity (Self-Awareness)
  • Agency (Self-Management)
  • Belonging (Social Awareness)
  • Curiosity (Relationship Skills)
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving (Responsible Decision-Making)

Find the T-SEL Competencies and Conditions for Thriving at this CDE site.
Our TCOE team adapted the layout of the T-SEL to show progressions from grade level to grade level in this document.

T-SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic partnerships with youth and their families. Here are some strategies to infuse a youth lens into student-centered Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices:

  • Student-led workshops
  • Student-driven initiatives
  • Youth-created resources
  • Peer mentoring programs
  • Youth feedback loops
  • Student-designed evaluation criteria
  • Youth-authored SEL curriculum
  • Youth panels and presentations
  • Student surveys and focus groups
  • Youth-led SEL initiatives

See the T-SEL Ambassador’s toolkit for many more resources on this topic.