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COVID-19 SEL Supports

As local, state, national, and international leaders work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many communities across the country are experiencing a heightened level of fear, anxiety, and worry during these uncertain times. Parents, educators, youth development professionals, childcare providers, and others are looking for ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges. We’ve compiled a list of resources to support these efforts. Check back periodically, as we will be updating the list.

Upcoming SEL Events Around the Country

2020 SEL Institute

Start date: April 27, 2020 - End date: April 28, 2020

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

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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.

2020 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference

Start date: May 18, 2020 - End date: May 20, 2020

Location: Baltimore, MD

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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.

SEL Impact

Educators
Value SEL

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals
Value SEL

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

SEL Investments Yield Returns

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.