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.

Past 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.

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.

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.

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.

CASEL CARES Webinar: Let’s Listen to Our Young People: What Support Do They Need?

Date: April 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Webinar


Have you asked yourself, “Are adults providing students with what they need during this crisis?” If so, join CASEL for a discussion with PDK CEO Josh Starr and Educators Rising high school students. PDK’s recent survey shares more from high school students on what kind of social and emotional supports they need and from educators on what they’re providing. While there is a lot of great work happening to attend to the needs of our kids, there are some clear disconnects. During this webinar, we’ll look at the student voice data together and invite high school students to discuss strategies for bridging that gap.

CASEL CARES Webinar:Building Resilience to Support Ourselves, Others, + Our Students

Date: April 11, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Webinar


During this time of crisis, educators face not only the stress of changes in their own lives and in their families, but also their deep concerns about the well-being of their students and families. What can we do to support ourselves, our colleagues and students?

This practice-based webinar led by Mark Greenberg, Christa Turksma and Velma Cobb will provide helpful tools and experiences educators can use to build their resilience and support their well-being. Come and participate in these practices to enhance your emotional awareness and compassion for both your own self-care and the care and nurturing of others.

International SEL Day

Date: March 27, 2020

SEL Day logo

The Urban Assembly and SEL4US invite communities across the globe to celebrate the importance of social emotional learning SEL on the first annual International SEL Day on March 27, 2020. Join individuals and organizations around the globe as we harness the power of SEL on the first ever International #SELday! Sign up now to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL.

Culture, Climate, and Community: Moving from Words to Equity in Action

Start date: March 17, 2020 - End date: March 18, 2020

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

rutgers institute for improving student achievement

This two-day event will feature keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an action-based approach to building capacity and raising awareness for culturally responsive practice and processes that support the deconstruction and dismantling of institutional racism (e.g., increasing student agency and voice, engaging in conversations about race and racism) and integrating tenets of equity and student learning towards creating and/or sustaining equitable and welcoming school environments.

This conference is appropriate for school and district leadership/administrators, teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, student support services personnel, potential partners in this field, and other professionals working with or on behalf of students and families.