2013 Cross-Districts Learning Event

Nashville, Tennessee

Host: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

“Education 2018: Excellence for Every Student.” PowerPoint for keynote presentation by Jesse Register, Director of Schools, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Video segments from several speakers and panels that addressed the topic of how to sustain social and emotional learning within schools and districts. Click here to view.

Video: “Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning”—Edutopia

Letter from Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of the Sacramento City School District, to colleagues in Sacramento describing the importance of the 2013 Cross-Districts Learning Event.

2013 Cross-Districts Learning Event Photo Gallery


  • A student mariachi band entertained during a reception for participants on the first evening.

  • Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (l.), and Ed Graff, superintendent of the Anchorage district (r.), in lively conversation during the first evening’s reception.

  • CASEL presented a “thank-you check” to the MNPS organizers. From l. to r., Director of Schools Jesse Register, Director of Social and Emotional Learning Kyla Krengel, MNPS Executive Director of Exceptional Education Debbie McAdams, CASEL President and CEO Roger Weissberg, and CASEL Senior Vice President for Program Paul Goren.


  • MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register made the keynote presentation. His topic was “Nashville’s Commitment to SEL.”

  • The district teams worked together at intervals to incorporate what they were learning into plans for the future. Pictured here is the team from Anchorage, Alaska.

  • A highlight of the event was a panel of Nashville high school students. All addressed the topic of how to incorporate “student voice.” Shown here proudly flanking the students are MNPS Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele (l.) and Director of Schools Jesse Register (r.).


  • The back of her T-shirt says “SEL is the new smart.” What better way to sum up the entire event?