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?

The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit engaged youth, educators, researchers, and community partners to leverage the power of SEL to move beyond talk and build tomorrow together. More than 2300 people from 33 countries attended the Virtual Summit.


Young people are leading the way. The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit was an opportunity to learn from the wisdom and enthusiasm of youth. Participants gained practical ideas about when and how to lead, to follow, and to join them on their journey.

Activate SEL in local communities. The sessions addressed how participants could activate SEL to create conditions with young people where they find their sense of purpose and channel their strengths towards achieving personal and collective goals.

Innovations at the intersection of research, practice and policy. The 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit was designed to be meaningful for all - researchers, practitioners, young people, parents, providers, policymakers, or community partners. The sessions helped weave supports, 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. Learn more about our sponsors.

“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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