Building national awareness for SEL and its impact
Advocating for state and local policies and funding to support SEL
Connecting local SEL stakeholders to share best practices

Upcoming Events

Black SEL Summit

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location: North Carolina Central University
Black SEL Summit

Black SEL Matters looks to reach, teach and build a system of strong black leaders that understand the importance of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and ways to expose and sustain SEL in black communities. In this summit, Black SEL Matters will highlight and elevate the educators and voices of African American people in the social-emotional field.

Building Grassroots Support for SEL Across North Carolina

Date: October 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: North Carolina Central University, H.M Michaux School of Education, Room 1090, 700 Cecil St, Durham, NC 27707

Join with other North Carolina social and emotional learning champions to share and explore:

  • What are the current strengths of SEL in NC?
  • Who is currently promoting and advocating SEL in our state?
  • What are the gaps and challenges around SEL in NC?
  • How might a grassroots alliance of SEL champions advance SEL across our state?

Convened by Megan Lyons, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, H.M Michaux School of Education, North Carolina Central University, and Kristen Hopkins, CEO/Founder, Dangers of the Mind, LLC., with special guest Jim Vetter, Leadership Team, Social Emotional Learning Alliance for the United States (SEL4US).

Interested but can’t make it to this meeting? Contact us at for more information.

2022 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit

Date: October 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Online

The annual Social and Emotional Learning Exchange Virtual Summit brings education champions together to learn and share insights that advance evidence, practices, and policies in support of all young people.

This year’s virtual summit, Weaving a New Tapestry: Schools, Families and Communities Together, aims to build deeper, multi-directional partnerships that benefit all students and adults. Join us to connect the common threads and spark innovations with social and emotional learning (SEL)

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.