2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit
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This past year raised important questions. What does it mean to participate as engaged, responsible, and caring members of a community? What will it take to develop empathy, critical thinking, and problem solving so that we can live, work, and thrive together in a diverse community?

Young people are responding and stepping forward with insights and ideas to help shape a brighter, more just future. The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit engages youth, educators, researchers, and community partners to leverage the power of SEL to move beyond talk and build tomorrow together.


See how young people are leading the way. The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit is your opportunity to learn from the wisdom and enthusiasm of youth. You will gain practical ideas about when and how to lead, to follow, and to join them on their journey.

Feed your desire to contribute to something bigger. The sessions will address how you can activate SEL to create conditions with young people where they can find their sense of purpose and channel their strengths towards achieving personal and collective goals.

Explore innovations at the intersection of research, practice and policy. The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit is designed to be meaningful for you, whether you are a researcher, practitioner, young person, parent, provider, policymaker, or community partner. The sessions will help you weave support, strategies, and opportunities for all young people - everywhere, every day.

Made possible by SEL Champions

The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit is supported by organizations that are making a difference in communities nationwide. Thank you to this year's underwriting organizations: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, and The Fetzer Institute. Our generous sponsors are dedicated to advancing SEL through innovative products and programs.

Don’t wait until the event to explore offerings that might meet your local needs. Learn more about our sponsors.


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“I was lucky enough to attend the Virtual Summit with the focus on identity, belonging and student agency. After we listened to student voices, our team went away to try and really articulate what it was that we could do to make identity, belonging and agency more visible and explicit for our colleagues. It sparked a lot of our professional learning last year.”

– Marna MacMillan, Curriculum Coordinator at School District #43 (Canada) and 2020 Virtual Summit attendee

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