National Events

Upcoming National Events

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.

2021 Music City SEL Virtual Conference

Start date: June 23, 2021

End date: June 25, 2021

Location: Online


The Music City SEL Conference is an exciting annual event hosted by Alignment Nashville’s SEL A-Team, a group consisting of leaders from Metro Nashville Public Schools and various partnering community organizations. Since the inaugural conference, diverse community partners, mental health providers, and experts on the forefront of the SEL movement have come together to offer content that engages participants in powerful discussions and experiential learning that holds the potential to transform school culture, strengthen support systems, and improve the overall success and wellness of students.

2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit

Date: October 14, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT

Location: Online


Beyond Talk: Building Tomorrow Together—SEL and Civic Learning for Empowered Youth

Hosted by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Exchange is a unique and timely national forum for those who are committed to creating caring, productive, and equitable schools and communities that develop the whole child and ensure that all students can thrive. With demand for SEL at an all-time high, now is the time to come together, share what we know, and anchor ourselves in advancing high-quality research, implementation practice, and policies.

Past National Events

2021 UA Social-Emotional Learning Symposium

Date: May 5, 2021

Location: Online

2021 UA SEL Symposium

The annual Urban Assembly Social-Emotional Learning Symposium brings important and diverse perspectives around social-emotional learning and development in K-12 education. This year’s theme is “SEL is Here to Stay: All Learning is Social and Emotional” and focuses on maximizing the power of SEL wherever learning happens. Join author, speaker and advocate, Heather McGhee, as well as practitioners, policy-makers, and administrators from across the country to discuss the equity, science, implementation, and sustainability of social-emotional learning programs and supports.

Celebrating International SEL Day! “Small” Talk with Rural School Leaders

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Location: Online

Second Step Rural Schools

International SEL Day 2021 gives people around the world the opportunity to showcase the social-emotional skills they use to build relationships and support their communities. This year, we’re celebrating “small” by highlighting the unique challenges and opportunities that smaller, rural school districts face while implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives. Please join leaders from Walker County Schools (Alabama), Kingsport City Schools (Tennessee), and Evergreen Union School District (California), who will share their experiences supporting SEL in their schools. A live Q&A with the panel will follow the presentation. A Webinar by Second Step, brought to you by Committee for Children.

The Graduate Profile: Imagine the Possibilities on #SELDay

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Location: Online

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As we prepare for graduation season at the end of this challenging school year, consider what it means for students to be ready for the future. What should we have prepared students to know and be able to do so they achieve their goals and become caring, civically-engaged members of their communities? To answer these questions, many school districts and state departments of education develop a “Graduate Profile” to document their community’s shared vision of the social, emotional, and academic skills that all students will learn.

On International #SELDay, co-hosts Urban Assembly and SEL4US are teaming up with CASEL to discuss how Graduate Profiles can cultivate meaningful school experiences and how social and emotional learning can strengthen our vision of future-ready graduates. Celebrate #SELDay by hearing from leaders about why and how they adopted a Graduate Profile and join us in imagining what’s possible when all young people are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for their futures.

Congressional Briefing: SEL Policy to Foster Connection after Trauma

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Location: Online


How can federal policy support state efforts to foster positive youth skill development and overall mental health? The pre-K to Grade 12 education system has been tested in unprecedented ways over the past year, and educators, leaders, students, and their families have stepped up to the challenge in unique and innovative ways. One key lesson is the importance of centering social and emotional development and well-being to help students and adults navigate virtual and in-person learning, especially while working through trauma. In this briefing, students, members of Congress, and experts in child development will discuss the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) concepts and how they can be advanced through federal policy. 

This briefing is being co-hosted by America Forward, Committee for Children, Harmony SEL at National University, Learning Policy Institute, and Urban Assembly.

WEBINAR: Children of the Pandemic: The mental health and resilience of children during COVID 19

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 16.00-18.00 CET / GMT +1

Location: Online


On the occasion of International SEL Day on 26th March 2021, the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC) in collaboration with the Erasmus + Project Promoting Mental Health in Schools (PROMEHS) and the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta, are organising a webinar on mental health, wellbeing and resilience of school children during the pandemic.

Keynote presenters include Prof Michael Ungar and Prof Helen Cowie.

Registration is free of charge.

It’s Not SEL If It’s Not Equitable: Using Teen-Written Stories About Racism to Reflect on Teacher SEL

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

Location: Online

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This interactive 90-minute webinar for school leaders and teachers will review the equity-minded additions CASEL made to their competencies. These competencies—including examining our own biases and working with others to create change—are vital for teachers seeking to create a more just educational environment. We will read excerpts from stories youth have written, about their own experiences with racism and injustice at school. How do these experiences impact students’ self- perception and academic success, and what role do educators play? Participants will reflect on these new equity-minded competencies and share strategies to strengthen their SEL skills to create the schools and classrooms we all envision. With special guest: Dr. Robert J. Jagers, Vice President of Research, CASEL. Hosted by Youth Communication.

Bringing SEL and Mental Health Back to School: Strengthening Districts Systems of Support Amidst the Impact of the Pandemic

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm ET

Location: Online

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In this interactive webinar, learn practical strategies you can use in your district to strengthen your systematic approach to social and emotional learning and mental health. As educators nationally grapple with shifting educational environments in the spring and prepare for the fall, they will be faced with the challenge of addressing the negative impact that the pandemic has had on students’ mental health. To do so effectively, the virtual workshop will introduce you to a data-driven and culturally-responsive process for recognize district’s strengths, identify gaps, and plan concrete action steps to strengthen your comprehensive approach to SEL/MH in your district.

Twitter Chat: International SEL Day!

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 2:00 -3:00 pm ET

Location: Twitter

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Join an engaging Twitter Chat led by National University’s Sanford College of Education and co-hosted by Inspire Teaching & Learning and Harmony SEL. Education experts and SEL industry partners will discuss advocacy and policy promoting SEL in schools and communities. Follow along (@NatUniv) and join the conversation by using #NUSEL.

Weaving SEL Assessment Data into the Fabric of Education

Date: March 25, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Location: Online

xSEL Labs SEL Day webinar

In honor of SEL Day 2021, Educators from Northwood Elementary School in Michigan’s Parchment School District will share how they successfully integrate SEL assessment data into daily instruction in multiple ways to strengthen SEL programs and practices. Speakers include: Marcy Carter, Behavioral Specialist, Northwood Elementary School, Parchment School District, MI; Lindsey Newton, Principal of Northwood Elementary School, Parchment School District, MI; Ethan Alexander, Culture and Climate Consultant Instructional Services, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Area.

Panel Discussion: Shining a Bright Light on Educator SEL

Date: March 24, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm ET

Location: Online

Inspire event SEL Day 2021

Take some time for yourself to learn about ways you can engage in self-care through SEL. Dr. Jennings will moderate a panel with award-winning teachers who share inspirational stories about how they support their fellow educators and engage their students to cope and connect. You will also hear about an incredible opportunity to pursue a master’s in SEL and continue your own SEL journey at National University.

Presenters: Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Professor of Education, University of Virginia; Mr. Alejandro Diasgranados, D.C. Teacher of the Year 2020, Top 4 National Teacher of the Year 2021 Finalist; Dr. Lori Piowlski, Acting Associate Dean Chair of the Teacher Education Department at National University; and Mr. Tom Whisinnand, National University Grand Prize Teacher Award Winner 2020.