Student Well-Being Online Summit

Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Work When Schools Are Open or Closed

This event occurred on April 14, 2020 3:00 PM EDT and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Nearly every student in the United States is out of school this spring, shut out of their traditional schools and classrooms for a prolonged period to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. It’s an unprecedented disruption of academic routines—with a high-risk of profound learning losses. It’s also a troubling disruption to the norms of teaching social-emotional learning skills such as managing emotions and resiliency at a time when children will need it the most.

Even with prevalent support for teaching social-emotional learning and a growing understanding of how deeply intertwined skills like building healthy peer relationships and responsible decision making are with academic success, there are big challenges when it comes to the reality of teaching SEL on a grand scale when times are normal. But these are not normal times, so what can schools do to keep social-emotional learning going when the kids are at home and the educators are too?

In this online summit, Education Week reporters and expert guests discuss the kinds of preparation and support teachers need to develop students’ social-emotional skills both in regular classrooms and virtual interactions, what districts leaders can do to support schools’ efforts to implement SEL when schools are open and when students are learning at home, and how educators can make good decisions about SEL curricula and programs that fit the needs of their students, teachers, and families.

Get your questions answered Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 1-3 p.m. ET*, and join a deep dive on how to make social-emotional learning work in your school, whether the learning is in-person or virtual.


1:00–3:00 p.m. ET | Discussions Open

Education Week journalists and their special guests provide practical takeaways about making social-emotional learning work for schools, teachers, and students.
1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

What Does Social-Emotional Learning Look Like in High School?

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Superintendents. Principals. Teachers. How These Key Players View Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

How Can Teachers Keep SEL Going When Students Aren't in School?

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Social-Emotional Learning and Curriculum: How to Make Smart Choices for Your Schools

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Making Social-Emotional Learning Manageable for Teachers: It’s All About PD

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Grounding Social Emotional Learning in Cultural Assets

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Adult Social-Emotional Learning and the Power of Collective Efficacy

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Building Awareness of Adult SEL Competence and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Teaching Academic and Social Skills Through Response to Intervention

1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

The Secret of SEL: Learning Experiences That Intrinsically Motivate Students

Marc A. Brackett
Marc A. Brackett, the founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University, is the author of Permission to Feel.
Julie Carter
North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas High Plain Elementary School, Andover, Mass.
Pamela Lathrop
Principal High Plain Elementary School, Andover, Mass.
Rose Prejean-Harris
Director of Social-Emotional Learning Atlanta Public Schools
Christina Rodriguez
Administrative Intern Dallas Independent School District (ISD)
Alexandra Skoog-Hoffman
Director of Research-Practice Partnerships CASEL
Juany Valdespino-Gaytán
Executive Director of Engagement Services Dallas Independent School District
Evie Blad is a reporter for Education Week.
Catherine Gewertz was a writer for Education Week who covered national news and features.
Holly Kurtz is the director of the EdWeek Research Center.
Arianna Prothero covers technology, student well-being, and the intersection of the two for Education Week.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.

Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.