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Past Events

Promoting Women and Girl Leadership: Bringing an Ethic of Care to Our Social Challenges

Tuesday, February 22nd., 2022  4:00-5:00 p.m. EST

How do we nurture young girls’ potential to lead? How do we ensure African-American girls’ leadership is cultivated despite persistent systemic racism? From former First Lady of Ohio, Frances Strictland, learn about the first woman Governor in the U.S. and how she rose to leadership. Then, hear from Stephanie Gilchrist, Regional Director of Minority Business Assistance Centers who has focused on supporting African-American entrepreneurs – teens and adults –  and turned dreams into small business ventures. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 22nd from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST. Don’t miss it!


The “How” of Social and Emotional Learning Implementation…In Districts and School Communities 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 4:00-5:00 p.m.

We recognize that social and emotional learning is vital to family, school and community well-being and success. But how? In this virtual learning event, we bring together a panel of experts – national and Ohio-based – to offer plenty of ideas, inspiration, tools and resources. Join Karen VanAusdal, Senior Director of Practice for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning along with experts from Warren City Schools and Toledo Public Schools for this valuable dialogue.

Citizenship, Civics, and Service: SEL for the Common Good
Thursday, April 22nd 2021, 4pm-5pm 

Contact us for a recording of this event at info@sel4oh.org

As our state and country are challenged by profound political and social division, supporting our students and children to become civically             engaged champions of the common good is essential to the health of our democracy. Join us to explore:

  • how social and emotional competencies are foundational to participating productively and empathetically in our democracy;
  • approaches to fostering a passion for service to one’s community in our young learners, and;
  • deepening understanding of the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship and civic participation in our older students. 

Our expert speakers from Facing History and Ourselves and Seeds of Caring, will share guiding principles and turnkey strategies for supporting students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be positive agents of change. This learning event is for all educators, changemakers and parents/caregivers interested in embedding caring for others, service, and democratic participation in their SEL work across all learning contexts. 


  • Brandy Jemczura M.S.W L.S.W, Founder and Executive Director, Seeds of Caring
  • Laura Tavares M.A., Program Director, Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership Facing History and Ourselves
  • Co-hosted by  Jennifer Smith Miller and Pamela McVeagh-Lally, SEL for Ohio co-founders
Ensuring All Ohio Children Can Thrive Through Transformative SEL: Real Talk on Racial Equity and Social Justice – Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 4pm-5pmET

Contact us for a recording of this event at info@sel4oh.org

It is our duty as those who work with and on behalf of children to ensure we create equitable learning environments in which each and every child can thrive. But what does that look like in practice? And what are our roles as educators, leaders, caregivers, and community or nonprofit partners? How do we move from discussing equity and justice to doing something about it?

Join us for some real talk about Transformative SEL and how we can support students to become “justice-oriented” citizens, leveraging “culture, identity, agency, belonging, and engagement” to implement an SEL approach that serves all our children (CASEL, 2020). Be guided through practical, clear steps by national expert, Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, on the ways SEL can be harnessed to advance racial equity and social justice in our schools and homes. And, learn from Cincinnati-based Mayerson Academy’s Thriving Learning Communities™ consultants about how a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion can take hold in Ohio education. Leave with concrete takeaways and resources for creating positive change in your learning and growing environment.


  • Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, National SEL and Equity Expert
  • Lisa Dillon, School Facilitator, Thriving Learning Communities, Mayerson Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Marissa Rowley, Director, Thriving Learning Communities, Mayerson Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Co-hosted by Jennifer Smith Miller and Pamela McVeagh-Lally, SEL for Ohio co-founders


SEL for Ohio Virtual Launch: The State of the Union of Social and Emotional Learning in Ohio – Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 4pm-5pmET

Contact us for a recording of this event at info@sel4oh.org

Join us for the inaugural gathering of the Social and Emotional Learning Alliance for Ohio (SEL for Ohio) to learn more about the new state-wide network and hear leaders and practitioners from across the state share practical information on their SEL efforts in 2020. If you’re an educator, administrator, counselor, youth development professional, community member, parent, or other caring adult who is dedicated to the healthy social and emotional development of all of Ohio’s children, this network and gathering is for you!


  • Congressman Tim Ryan, 13th District, SEL Champion, and co-author of federal Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act
  • Michelle Grimm, President, Ohio School Counselors Association and Dover High School Counselor
  • Rochonda Nenonene, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Co-Program Director, Urban Teacher Academy, University of Dayton
  • Chris Ondrus, Executive Director, Student Services, Dublin City Schools
  • Jennifer Smith Miller and Pamela McVeagh-Lally, SEL for Ohio co-founders