The tools below go hand in hand with our CORE Case Study. To access the full case study, click here.

  • Tool I: Ready To Be Counted: The Research Case for Education Policy Action on Non-Cognitive Skills
    This tool, created and published by TransformEd, synthesizes a compelling body of research showing that social-emotional skills have a significant impact on students’ academic, career, and life outcomes.

  • Tool II: Guiding Questions Regarding Accountability and Continuous Improvement System Values
    This tool outlines guiding questions that can help clarify and articulate the values you seek to uphold while designing an accountability and continuous improvement system.

  • Tool III: The 3Ms Framework
    This tool can help clarify which social-emotional skills you may want to prioritize in your state or district based on the existing body of research.

  • Tool IV: Social-Emotional Competencies Selection Process
    This tool describes a process that can be used with a diverse group of stakeholders to select and prioritize a limited number of social-emotional competencies for your state or district to focus on.

  • Tool V: Panorama Education’s Assessment Design Checklist
    Using a research-backed approach, this tool can help you improve an existing survey design instrument or select a new one.

  • Tool VI: Measuring MESH
    This guide, created by TransformEd in partnership with the CORE Districts, provides you with a curated set of survey-based MESH measures used in the CORE districts, along with detailed information on the reliability and validity of those measures.

  • Tool VII: Exploring Your Culture-Climate and Social-Emotional Data
    This tool supports district and school leaders in guiding teachers through a data inquiry process to identify relevant data points, make inferences based on the data, select actions to take based on their inferences, and test the impact of those actions through a cycle of continuous improvement.

  • Tool VIII: Resources and Sample Strategies for Social-Emotional Learning and School Culture & Climate
    This tool compiles strategies that educators can use to support students’ social-emotional development and improve school culture/climate.

  • Tool IX: The Power of Data
    This tool demonstrates how you interpret and use data that emerges from survey-based assessments of social-emotional skills and school culture/climate.

  • Tool X: Professional Learning Communities Rubric
    This tool serves as an implementation rubric to help you identify where you are in the process of developing a professional learning community.

  • Tool XI: SFUSD Standards-Based Report Card Teacher Guide
    This tool provides you with a concrete example of how one school district has incorporated SE skills into a student report card.

To inquire about how TransformEd can assist your school, district, or state in identifying, field testing, and employing measures of students’ MESH competencies, please reach out to us at 617.453.9750 or

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Note: At TransformEd, we no longer use the term MESH to represent SEL or whole child development
“We must resist thinking in siloed terms when it comes to social-emotional learning (SEL), academics, and equity. Rather, these elements of our work as educators and partners go hand in hand.”

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