Article  |  October 26, 2023

Navigating the SEL Landscape: Insights from CASC 2023


As the curtains draw on the CASC 2023 conference, we find ourselves reflecting on the enriching experiences at the Palo SEL booth. The vibrant atmosphere, brimming with dedication and enthusiasm, echoed the collective commitment to SEL. In this post-conference blog, we are thrilled to share some pivotal insights we gathered, shedding light on the challenges and expectations within the middle school SEL domain.

Key Insights:

Counselor Dedication and Challenges:

  • Despite many schools surpassing the ASCA’s recommended 250:1 student-to-counselor ratio, counselors remain deeply committed to their students and find their role extremely valuable.
  • Conversations with over 100 counselors at ASCA 2023 revealed a strong excitement for SEL as a collaborative process, emphasizing the involvement of all stakeholders, not just the counselors.

The Role of Data and Palo’s Contribution:

  • In an era dominated by data-driven decisions, a significant number of counselors view data as vital for understanding their students beyond mere surface-level observations. This understanding improves counseling effectiveness and reduces unforeseen incidents.
  • Palo’s innovative features offer deep student insights, integrating them smoothly into SEL processes.

Emphasis on Data Education and Collaboration:

  • With the rising importance of data, there’s an increased push for data education and accessibility within the counseling domain and the ASCA framework.
  • Organizations like Palo aim to equip counselors with skills akin to school data scientists. This training empowers them to better assess student needs, devise precise interventions, and collaborate seamlessly with educators and parents, ensuring the comprehensive development of each student.

In conclusion, the discussions at CASC 2023 were not just informative but transformative. They offered us a profound understanding of the diverse needs and aspirations within the middle school SEL landscape. As we move forward, armed with these insights, Palo remains committed to being a supportive ally in the collective journey towards nurturing the social and emotional well-being of middle school students. The road ahead is exciting, and together, we can create an environment where every student thrives.