Jo (Polock) Salazar

Jo Salazar


Jo (Polock) Salazar currently lives in Chicago with her husband Ulysses. She Currently works for CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).  

is the lead author of CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL (2017) and leads the Supportive School Communities Project, coaching school-based teams in Chicago through their implementation of schoolwide SEL. She is passionate about school-family partnerships and authored the SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers. Jo is also a district consultant in El Paso, Texas and supports the district's efforts to make SEL a part of every child's education.

Jo is a licensed clinical worker (LCSW) and certified school social worker. Prior to her work at CASEL, she worked as a school climate specialist for the Chicago Public Schools in the Office of Social and Emotional Learning, where she led districtwide professional development sessions to help school teams build multi-tiered systems of support for social and emotional learning. She earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Millikin University and her master's degree in Social Work at the University of Illionois at Urbana- Champaign.