Social & Emotional Learning Symposium

Resources from Social and Emotional Learning Symposium Series

*The event detailed below took place May 5-6, 2014.

Social and emotional learning (SEL), and the competent behaviors, attitudes and skills it promotes, is critical for success in school, college, career and life. A growing base of research shows that SEL skills, considered 21st century skills, matter for learning and success. They are also key factors in bullying prevention, enhancing school climate, encouraging healthy decision making, and reducing the need for disciplinary action. City and business leaders recognize the importance of these skills for success in the workplace and in life.

But much work remains to help people better understand what SEL is and how we can best assess and build SEL competencies in youth in family, school, and community settings.

We invite you to join education, foundation, municipal, business, faith, and other community leaders on Monday, May 5th at the University of Minnesota for the first part of a two-day SEL Summit. The event will feature Gil Noam of Harvard University and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl from the University of British Columbia. We encourage participants to attend as community “teams” of education, faith, philanthropic and municipal leaders.

Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, president of the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton as we learn about social and emotional competencies, why they are important, and how they relate to the achievement and opportunity gaps. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn and discuss intentional SEL skill development and assessment with local colleagues and others from across the state.


Day Two of the Summit is a symposium that will focus on “Social and Emotional Learning: Assessing It to Address it”. Learn more about this second day and register here.

The Summit is a joint University of Minnesota and Youthprise initiative designed to move from understanding to action. The conference is proud to collaborate with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, the U.S. Department of Education, along with many local organizations including the Carlson Family Foundation to create this free opportunity for learning and discussing pressing issues in youth development in our communities.




About Gil Noam

Dr. Gil Noam is the Founder and Director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) at Harvard University and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Dr. Noam has a strong interest in translating research and innovation to support resilience in youth in educational settings. In particular, he has contributed greatly to the effort to establish the field of afterschool education.


About Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. For over 20 years she has been conducting research in the area of the child and adolescent social and emotional learning (SEL) and development with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster positive development, such as empathy, optimism and altruism.