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