Ruth Cross is Senior SEL Consultant and Trainer for CASEL. She received her MA in Educational Administration and Leadership. Her responsibilities include supporting school districts to implement systemic social and emotional learning district and school wide, which includes consulting with Chicago Public Schools, one of the large school districts participating in the Collaborative District Initiative, coaching smaller districts in DuPage County that partner with CASEL and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and partnering with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) to implement SEL in Central Illinois. She is also a consultant for the CASEL Collaborative States Initiative. Her experience in working on state policy includes co-chairing the committee that wrote the SEL standards and serving as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education for three years.