Upcoming National Events

2020 Virtual Social and Emotional Learning Exchange

Date: October 15, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL


Hosted by CASEL, the 2020 SEL Exchange virtual summit is designed to provide a powerful and timely SEL experience for the widest possible audience to participate in safely and confidently. This summit will provide a platform to share SEL best practices to more districts, schools, and students in an era when these competencies and skills have never been more relevant.

2021 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference

Start date: May 17, 2021

End date: May 19, 2021

Location: Baltimore, MD


Several hundred well-designed studies have documented that well-planned and well-implemented SEL programming can positively affect a broad range of student social, health, behavioral and academic outcomes. This conference is designed to provide quality professional development opportunities for school administrators, teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, social workers, afterschool providers, youth development workers, early childhood professionals, student support specialists, staff who serve on SAP teams, alternative education teachers, homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact and other professionals who work on behalf of children and youth.

Past Events

Back-to-School Workshop for Parents

Date: September 3, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM EST


Wondering how you and your family will juggle life and learning online? Join us and learn tips, tricks and strategies for a successful transition back to school. Help foster independence, cultivate resilience and build a schedule that works for you and your school age crew.

Join Lauren Kim, MATL’21 for a free virtual workshop for parents.

Parents Providing Support: Helping Our Children Return to School

Date: August 24, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Location: Zoom

CPSEL event August 2020

This online panel discussion with renowned featured speakers is available to help parents with students returning or who have just returned to school – whether virtually, hybrid or live. Educators, school staff and administrators looking for ways to support parents are also welcome. Through the lens of social and emotional learning, our panelists will share thoughts, strategies and practices for helping our students returning to school during this challenging time in history.

  • Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District in New York, author and award-winning educational leader, will offer his advice as a school superintendent.
  • Dr. Ed Dunkleblau, internationally recognized social and emotional learning scholar and speaker, will provide ways for parents to apply social and emotional learning approaches in the home.
  • Elizabeth Cushing, President of Playworks, will share ways to use social and emotional learning approaches through play.

Emotional Intelligence 2000

Start date: August 11, 2020

End date: August 12, 2020

Location: Online Conference

Emotional Intellicence 2020

Join Marc Brackett and Robin Stern and other leading researchers as we explore the latest research on emotional intelligence and how it can be applied to today’s many challenges. Over two days, we’ll explore topics for the workplace and home, with engaging presentations from top researchers, fun and fascinating panel discussions, and one-on-one chats with best-selling authors from academia.

Courageous Leaders: Building the HEART Skills for Equity Work in Schools

Date: July 29, 2020

Time: 9 am PST

Courageous Leaders

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What are the tools and skills that educators need in order to center their work in equity? Although Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a powerful tool to create kind and tolerant classrooms and schools, it will not bring about the necessary changes to challenge systemic oppression in educational and institutional practices. How can educators make this shift?

In this workshop, courageous leaders will “cross” three bridges to an equity centered SEL. More specifically, participants will have an opportunity to practice the social, emotional and cultural skills needed for this work, identify tools to establish equitable relationships and examine the opportunities to start this equity work in their communities.

Join Dr. Lorea Martinez, HEART in Mind Consulting and Adjunct at Columbia University Teachers College, and Mr. Michael Eatman, Inclusion Strategist and Founder of Culture7coaching for an engaging workshop that will support your growth and development as a courageous leader.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify emotions, thoughts, and values that guide your SEL practice
  • Practice tools to develop your cultural competence
  • Analyze how SEL can support inclusive and equitable relationships
  • Examine opportunities and challenges to center your work in equity
  • Plan 3-5 actions that can support your equity work at your school
  • Build a sense of community with other like-minded educators

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SEL in 2020: the second global online Karanga

Date: June 30, 2020

Location: Online


Join social-emotional learning educators and champions from around the world for this Global Karanga in support of SEL. Learn from policy makers, practitioners and researchers, and connect with an international community committed to SEL as a driver for education and societal change.

Virtual Music City SEL Conference 2020

Start date: June 24, 2020

End date: June 26, 2020

Location: Nashville, TN


The 10th annual Music City SEL Conference will bring together educators, youth-serving professionals, and other community leaders and stakeholders to share skills, tools, and resources for creating learning evironments that elevate whole-child wellness and empower all members of a community to thrive. This unique conference is designed and led BY practitioners FOR practitioners.

Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts: Exploring Connections and Implications

Date: May 21, 2020

Time: 9 am - 1 pm Eastern

Location: Online

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High-quality arts education is a powerful catalyst for social-emotional learning. In this session participants will explore how learning in and through the arts fosters social- emotional growth and contributes to positive school culture. The natural alignment between arts education and the five social-emotional competencies will be closely examined through colorful examples, demonstrating the many implications.This session will empower teachers and administrators to cultivate connections between their arts programs and the New Jersey Social Emotional Competencies with greater intention, in order to impact the student experience.

Fee: $149

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Extraordinary Kids Summit

Date: May 18, 2020

Location: Online

Speaker Lineup Extraordinary Kids Summit

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Roots Education is obsessed with helping kids through this pandemic and supporting them academically, socially and emotionally.   That’s why they’re inviting educators to the free, online Extraordinary Kids Summit, hosted by Trish Keiller of Roots Education, where over 20 experts have teamed up to speak into your biggest questions and concerns right now:

  • What our kids need most right now and how to provide it
  • How to manage the wide range of emotions this time has presented
  • How to support kids’ social and emotional needs right now
  • How to best structure learning at home
  • Skills to prioritize in distance learning
  • And much more!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from amazing authors, researchers, educators, clinicians, psychologists, and coaches as they share their best approaches to the challenges we are all facing and how to overcome them so you come out of this time stronger and more equipped to thrive!

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2020 SEL Institute—POSTPONED

Start date: April 27, 2020

End date: April 28, 2020

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota


This two-day conference is an opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of school communities. This gathering will offer educators, administrators, counselors and social workers the opportunity to connect with others from across the region that are doing similar work and provide concrete steps to create a school environment that supports the whole child.

Webinar: How Schools Ensure Social Connections During Physical Isolation

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Webinar


Every community in America has turned to schools to sustain relationships and connectedness during the COVID-19 crisis. Join this webinar to explore the practical realities and research foundations of how distance learning offers both opportunities, and imperatives, to re-establish relationships during school closure—and learn some of the new ways that students, parents, and educators are connecting to advance the work of schools. Now as much as ever, students need schools to attend to both social-emotional and academic development in unison. After a brief overview of foundational research on the role of relationships in learning and thriving, the webinar will lift up innovations and early learning from leaders in schools and systems across the country.