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Career Readiness and SEL


“I need to know how to explain that social and emotional learning skills are essential career readiness skills to my … elected officials..school board members…parents…teachers…?”

Any time we change policy and practice, we know what to expect: resistance. When it comes to explaining the nature and value of policies and practices that link social emotional learning skills with career readiness, my first pitch is a fastball: “CASEL Board President Timothy Shriver reports that over 90% of employers, principals and educators want social and emotional learning skills.” My follow-up pitch is a change-up that I learned from CareerTech industry leaders who were presenting at ASU+GSV: “Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are the the “durable/human skills” that transfer into a wide range of occupations.” Need more pitches? Check out the resources below!

Need some inspirational listening material for your next run or commute? Take a listen to our CCD Center interview with Pure Edge CEO Chi Kim (also on Spotify). For more conversation, conversations about career Readiness and SEL with CASEL’s Webisodes.

I love a good infographic! If you do too, check out Pennsylvania’s infographic on connecting career readiness and SEL.

When you are ready to dig in and start designing your career readiness programs to fully connect with SEL and career pathways, consider reviewing this national framework that we collaborated on with CASEL and Civic titled Developmental Framework Linking Career Readiness and SEL. What more examples? We also collaborated with CASEL to create three case studies showcasing how states are connecting career readiness and SEL and offer a range of formats for you to review. These links connect you with the full case studies for Delaware, Kansas, and Wisconsin. Need a brief format? Check out our CCD Center research page to select either the policy brief or practice brief for each state.

Check out our CareerReadinessGPS Resource Brief to find more resources to support your efforts to make the case for adopting PCAPs.


The CCD Center is an industry-led non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on making career readiness the number one education priority in America.


The BU Center for Future Readiness is internationally and nationally recognized for supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of equitable and responsive career readiness programs and services.

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