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Commit to Antiracism as Essential to SEL

At this pivotal moment in time, many are urgently seeking ways to respond to the chilling police murder of George Floyd, and now of Rayshard Brooks. His murder is within a long list of murders, both recent—Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, DJ Henry—and over years, decades, centuries. Police and other white people have treated the bodies and minds of Black and Brown people as disposable.

As the Board of Directors of SEL4MA, we acknowledge that we have been complicit in the culture of racism by not making a shared commitment to self-reflection and meaningful action.

The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts commits to hold antiracism as essential to the core of effective SEL in all of our work moving forward.

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.

SEL-Related Events

SEL Day 2024

Date: March 8, 2024
All-day event
Location: Online

SEL4US and The Urban Assembly invite schools and communities around the globe to celebrate the fifth annual International SEL Day on Friday, March 8, 2024. Our theme this year is: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders.

School Climate Conference 2024

Start date: April 24, 2024
End date: April 26, 2024
All-day event
Location: Pechanga Resort | Temecula, California
School Climate Conference 2024

Join us in the heart of Southern California to learn the latest trends, policies, data and interventions impacting School Climate. This three day conference will engage participants in a professional development opportunity to gain critical insight to improve school climate for all students, staff and parents. Click “Learn More” to register now!

Also see our list of National SEL Events

Legislative Win!

In August 2018, new legislation established a permanent Promote Prevent Commission with a seat for SEL4MA’s Executive Director and a Behavioral Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (BeHaPPE) Trust Fund.

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.