Nick Yoder, Ph.D
Director of Policy and Practice, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning


Nick Yoder oversees multiple policy- and practice-related initiatives at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to support state education agencies (SEAs) as they plan, develop, and implement statewide SEL policies and practices. Through this work, he leads the technical assistance that CASEL offers to SEAs and co-designs a research agenda to better understand and guide the state-level work.

Prior to CASEL, Nick was a senior technical assistant consultant at the American Institutes for Research, a pre-service instructor and field coach at the University of Michigan, and first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools.

Creating System to Support SEL

Oftentimes we think of SEL as a curriculum or a prepackaged curriculum. However, schools, districts, and afterschool providers can create systems to support the whole child. Dr. Yoder will explore ways in which educators and leaders can ensure that all youth are supported, and the adults have the tools and resources they need to engage effectively with their students to support SEL across the school, district, or afterschool program.