Past Events

Through national forums and cross-districts learning events, CASEL convenes leaders from the field to share knowledge and advance SEL in communities, districts, schools, and classrooms across the country.

Cross-Districts Learning Events

  • Our district partners have created a community of learners who convene regularly to share best practices on SEL. These events offer numerous opportunities for educators, policymakers, and community leaders to expand their understanding of SEL implementation, meet colleagues working on similar activities and innovative approaches, hear from experts in various aspects of SEL, and visit partner district schools to observe SEL firsthand. Reports, presentations, videos, and photos from these events are available at the links below.

    • 2016: With a focus on SEL and equity, racial awareness, and SEL assessments. (Reno, Nev.)
    • 2015: With a focus on financial sustainability, social justice, and restorative practices. (Cleveland, Ohio)
    • 2013: With a focus on implementation in middle and high schools, and SEL leadership. (Nashville, Tenn.)
    • 2012: With a focus on youth voice, youth leadership, and communications planning. (Austin, Tex.)

    National Forums

    Thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, philanthropists, and child advocates use these opportunities to share important ideas, research, and related developments.

    Participants and presenters have included best-selling author Daniel Goleman, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York Times columnist David Brooks, Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, and filmmaker George Lucas.

    Each CASEL forum concluded with a call to action, leading to specific steps and initiatives that have helped to advance the SEL field, building on new knowledge and research.

    • 2013: Social and Emotional Learning: Momentum!
    • 2011: Expanding Social and Emotional Learning Nationwide: Let’s Go!
    • 2009: Social and Emotional Learning: Ready! Creating a National Initiative
    • 2007: Educating All Children for Social, Emotional, and Academic Excellence: From Knowledge to Action
  • The 2016 cross-districts learning event featured inspiring discussions about SEL and equity, among other topics. Said one Chicago Public Schools participant: “SEL is an intervention for equitable education. Mind blown! A true wake-up call to action.”


    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Cleveland Schools Chief Eugene Sanders, Austin Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, Anchorage Superintendent Carol Comeau, and New York Times columnist David Brooks in a panel at the 2011 CASEL Forum.