National Events

Upcoming SEL Events Around the Country

2021 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference

Start date: May 17, 2021 - End date: May 19, 2021

Location: Virtual


SEL & Equity Creating Community

Join us for three days of high quality events presented by some of the top SEL thought-leaders in the nation, a keynote presentation with Dena Simmons, Ed.D., from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, immersive skill-building workshops, exciting plenary sessions, special offerings from our sponsors and of course, networking with colleagues. This year’s conference includes an option for a digital Access Pass to see some recordings of sessions you missed!

All education professionals welcome. Perfect for district and school thought-leaders preparing to implement new SEL approaches and programs in the upcoming school year.

Past National Events

Safe Schools Conference 2020

Start date: November 8, 2020 - End date: November 10, 2020

Location: Online

Safe Schools Conference 2020

This conference is a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge about school safety, bullying prevention, emergency and crisis response, and other relevant topics related to the latest research and trends in school safety, youth violence prevention, evidence-based program models, promising practices, and more.

Social-Emotional Brains in Schools

Start date: November 7, 2020 - End date: November 8, 2020

Location: Online

Learning & Brain conference 2020-11


As schools return, educators will be facing a host of psychological issues in students, from social disconnection to anxiety.

Neuroscience and psychology researchers have found that stress, trauma, and social isolation can inhibit the brain’s ability to learn, but by supporting social and emotional development and building safe relationships, educators can raise resilience and self-regulation, improve behavior and belonging, and help students learn.

This live virtual conference will show how all learning is social and emotional for the brain and provides practical strategies to raise resilience, restore trust and relationships, and rebuild self-regulation and social emotional learning. Discover ways to manage misbehavior; to recreate calm, attached classrooms; to reduce stress; and to heal from trauma so that all students in our racially diverse schools can learn and thrive — whether in classrooms, online, or in hybrid environments.

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.

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.

Build an SEL Culture: A School-Wide Approach

Start date: June 4, 2020 - End date: June 5, 2020

Location: Cambridge, MA

school climate consulting conference 2020

12th annual conference to learn about innovative K-12 practices to integrate SEL principles into the school community through wellness, learning and whole child approaches.

Love and Caring in the time of Corona

Date: May 27, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:15 pm ET

Location: Zoom


How can Jewish educators care for the Social, Emotional, and Spiritual well being of their students now and in the coming months. A workshop facilitated by Nancy Parkes and joined by Cyd Weissman, Dr. Evie Rotstein and Dr. Jeff Kress.

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.