WestEd’s Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) works to ensure equity and safety in children’s learning environments and integrated academic, social, and emotional supports that meet students’ individual learning needs.

The SEL Center supports student success throughout their K-12 experience and beyond by expanding the knowledge and capacity of the field to integrate evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) and school safety practices and programs. Our areas of focus are: equity, integration, alignment and coherence, data-driven cycles of improvement, sustainable implementation.

We develop tools, resources, and publications to support states, districts, and schools as they work to advance equitable and sustainable conditions for learning and development at the personal, collective, and systems level. The Center also provides targeted technical assistance, including peer-to-peer collaborative opportunities for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to work on a shared problem of practice relevant to the broader field. This work yields co-designed and participant-tested tools and resources that are disseminated to the field. Finally, the Center provides intensive, direct technical assistance to SEAs and LEAs on their policies and initiatives related to students’ well-being.

In addition to producing its own tools, resources, and publications, the SEL Center reviews and curates the work of others who offer research-based approaches to social and emotional learning and school safety.

Natalie Walrond

Deputy Director
Christina Pate