10 Conferences in 2019-2020 to Up Your SEL Knowledge

Conferences can be an invaluable way to enhance your professional practices. Engaging sessions can increase motivation and teach you new skills and practices to bring back to your district, school, or classroom.

More and more conferences are focusing on social and emotional learning (SEL). This is great news, because this trend can help you learn more about SEL and share ideas on successful ways to teach these important skills to students.

Check out these ten conferences that are either solely dedicated to SEL or include SEL as a focus in session topics.

2019 Safe Schools Conference

Hosting Organization: Center for Schools and Communities

Dates: October 2-3, 2019

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Conference Description: The 2019 Safe Schools Conference will include state and national experts presenting the latest research and trends in school safety and violence prevention, effective program models and promising practices; networking opportunities; and more.

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2019 SEL Exchange

Hosting Organization: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Dates: October 2-4, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

Conference Description: The conference will help participants forge new alliances and gain new insights, empowering and inspiring their future efforts to ensure that education in America focuses on developing the whole child. 

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*The 2019 SEL Exchange conference has reached maximum attendance and registration is closed, but if you go to the registration site you can request to receive communication on future events.


Hosting Organization: Edmodo

Dates: October 25-26, 2019

Location: Miami, FL (and online)

Conference Description: EdmodoCon is unique among EdTech conferences in that it’s held both in-person and virtually. Online attendees can view the conference live and through recorded footage uploaded after the conference is over. 2019’s EdmodoCon focuses on helping educators “discover valuable new resources for social and emotional learning, digital citizenship, and student engagement.”

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School Climate and Culture

Hosting Organization: School Climate and Culture Forum

Dates: Various dates, November 2019-July 2020

Locations: San Antonio, TX; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV

Conference Description: This event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character, and personality of schools. It showcases programs, assessments, and tools proven to improve school culture and climate. Evidence-based and research-based interventions will be introduced, while the forum also highlights high-potential efforts currently being implemented in the laboratory of everyday school life.

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Opening Minds Early Education Conference

Hosting Organization: Opening Minds USA

Dates: January 29-February 1, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

Conference Description: The Opening Minds Early Education Conference is for anyone who works with young children to come together and learn from each other. The conference isn’t limited to teachers and school leaders — it’s open to professionals in public policy, health, social services, libraries, and relevant businesses. Teachers will gain practical insights and discover the latest research in child development to help engage their students more holistically.

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Hosting Organization: ASCD

Dates: March 13-16, 2020

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Conference Description: The annual ASCD Empower conference is designed for all educators. More than 200 sessions will cover practical strategies for teachers and school staff. Previous sessions have focused on culturally responsive teaching, youth and social justice, bullying prevention, and how to make teaching fun again. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and may be eligible for academic graduate credits.

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Hosting Organization: Deeper Learning Hub

Dates: March 25-27, 2020

Location: San Diego, CA

Conference Description: DL2020 is the 8th annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more equitable outcomes by engaging students in deeper learning. DL2020 encourages and supports these educators to be leaders of change, disruptors of inequity, and innovators of pedagogy.

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Innovative Schools Summit

Hosting Organization: Innovative Schools Summit

Dates: Various dates, March-July 2020

Locations: Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; San Antonio, TX

Conference Description: The Innovative Schools Summit assembles internationally recognized innovators together with practicing educators and consultants who are currently finding success with cutting-edge best practices and research-based methodologies in education. These multi-day events provide an opportunity for counselors, teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students PK-12.

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The Science of the Self

Hosting Organization: Learning and the Brain

Dates: May 1-3, 2020

Location: New York, NY

Conference Description: This conference will explore ways to improve self-acceptance, love, and compassion; how self-awareness, esteem, identity, confidence, concepts, and perceptions affect achievement; and how becoming a more “authentic” you will improve your teaching, classroom environment, and connections with students.

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CPSEL 2020 National SEL Conference

Hosting Organization: Center for the Promotion of Social & Emotional Learning (CPSEL)

Dates: May 18-20, 2020

Location: Baltimore, MD

Conference Description: Join CPSEL for three days at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for high-quality sessions presented by some of the top social-emotional learning thought leaders in the nation, keynote presentations, an immersive skill-building session, workshops, and, of course, networking with colleagues.

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We hope this concise list will help you as you consider attending one of these conferences.

Need funding to support registration costs? Find and apply for professional development grants at Grants for Teachers and 13 Professional Development Grants for Teachers.

Interested in helping your educators learn even more about SEL and improve their own social and emotional skills? Check out our new tool, Educator Social-Emotional Reflection and Training (EdSERT).

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