National Events

Upcoming National Events

International SEL Day

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM


We will come together to showcase SEL in our communities, promote SEL to our personal and professional networks, advocate SEL with our policymakers, and support SEL in our schools, organizations and communities.This year as we continue to face the challenges of a global pandemic, SEL Day 2021 will focus on Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities. We welcome all individuals and organizations to join us as partners in spreading the word about what SEL is and why it’s so critical.

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.

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.