Statewide Initiatives





CASEL Wheel 2020

NDMTSS Social Emotional
Learning Goals

The NDMTSS SEL Goals provide ND school districts and educators a framework to guide quality explicit instruction of social and emotional learning skills to foster an engaging school climate for all students, guide selection of evidence-based programs and steer professional learning with regards to SEL in ND.

The developed learning goals provide reasonable expectations for what ND students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade span. Collaboration within the classroom, school environment, homes, and communities is essential for students to reach their fullest potential.


Social Emotional Learning Defined

CASEL defines SEL as "The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions." Socially and emotionally competent children and youth are self-aware, socially aware, able to regulate their emotions, have good relationship skills, and demonstrate responsible decision making at home, school and in the community. (

ND SEL Network: 

North Dakota is creating a three-tiered learning network to meet the needs of schools at all stages along the implementation continuum. Schools self-select one fo three tiers including an intensive group of schools that receive targeted assistance, intermediate schools that are supported in creating an implementation plan, and universal schools that are invited to semi-annual SEL summits. Representatives from all tiers along the learning network will assist state leaders in establishing resources for ND schools created, adopted or adapted by ND schools. 



          ND SEL Network Flyer