The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) hosted the inaugural Social and Emotional Learning Exchange on October 2, 3, and 4, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, IL. The theme of the inaugural conference was Defining Quality in the Context of Innovation.
The Social and Emotional Learning Exchange is a unique and timely opportunity to gather individuals committed to the comprehensive development and success of all students. Participants will learn with and from those at the frontiers of social and emotional learning research, policy, and practice and discover new ways of collaborating with one another to amplify their impact.
The field of social and emotional learning is expanding rapidly. The surge in demand for evidence-based social and emotional learning strategies and practices is a powerful stimulant for innovation. This, in turn, calls for renewed clarity around what quality means, and what it looks like in different contexts and communities. With nationwide adoption of SEL in reach, it has never been more important for the field to insist on evidence-based strategies and practices to lift the rising generation of children to their full potential. As evidence mounts for the effectiveness of an intentionally integrated approach to social, emotional and academic development wherever learning happens—in our schools and across communities—the call for action is loud and clear.
Parents, educators, researchers, policy shapers, and students themselves are demanding to put into practice what we know about effective learning and equitable learning environments. They are asking questions about what works, and how best to implement these approaches.
The 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange has special significance today. The relevance of social and emotional learning to how we solve the most daunting societal challenges raises the stakes for our capacity to collaborate, and to demonstrate our social and emotional competence as adults. While this conference is designed to address the pressing questions of the field itself, it also places our collective work in the larger context of American public education and the surrounding socio-cultural issues that affect students, educators, families, and communities today.
The objectives of the 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange are to:
- Offer collaborative opportunities for practitioners, scholars, and policy-shapers to work together on specific challenges
- Gather leading experts to exchange knowledge on innovations in research, practice, communication and policy
- Equip change agents to create better, more equitable outcomes for all children at this pivotal time in history
The organizing principle for the 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange is “from the field, for the field.”
In keeping with the collaborative values of the SEL community, the Exchange is a co-designed conference. Field leaders are partnering with CASEL to elevate topics and experiences, vet breakouts, lead sessions and lift up work from across the country. As part of our commitment to equity, the Exchange will feature diverse views and voices.
The 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange is for those who are committed to improving the way we design, implement and support learning experiences for all children in this country.
The Exchange is for state, district and school leaders, classroom educators and practitioners, researchers and scholars, policy-shapers, and funders, as well as parents and youth.
CASEL is transforming American education through social and emotional learning.
As a force for field-wide unity, strategy and collaboration for 25 years, CASEL is dedicated to ensuring that a systemic approach to scaling SEL nationally is a sustainable model for generations to come. CASEL is proud to host a national forum focused on ensuring high-quality work while advancing learning and innovation in our field.
To learn more, visit CASEL.org.