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Connecting Illinois stakeholders to share their best practices
Advocating for Illinois policies and funding to support SEL

COVID-19 SEL Supports

As local, state, national, and international leaders work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many communities across the country are experiencing a heightened level of fear, anxiety, and worry during these uncertain times. Parents, educators, youth development professionals, childcare providers, and others are looking for ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges.

Here is a collection of resources to support these efforts. Check back periodically, as we will be updating the list. If you have resources to suggest, please contact us at

Molly Gosline interviews Angela Sims, Principal of a CPS Elementary School.

Heart, Mind & Body Series: Teaching with a Social, Emotional & Cultural Lens

Nancy Lourié Markowitz, Ph.D. and Heidi Stevenson, Ph.D., Building on the work of CASEL, Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens (Markowitz and Bouffard, 2020) provides a roadmap for K-12 classroom teachers and university teacher educators to address issues of equity by integrating social-emotional learning and culturally responsive teaching in support of academic achievement and the well-being of students and educators.

May 19, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Due to COVID19 -Event will take place same time next year.

Build an SEL Culture: Statewide Practices that Matter
SEL at the Nexus of Theory, Research & Practice

Learn about innovative K-12 practices for Illinois schools to integrate SEL principles into the school community thru wellness, learning and whole child approaches.


International #SELday - March 11, 2022

The Urban Assembly and SEL4US invite communities across the globe to celebrate the importance of social emotional learning SEL on the third annual International SEL Day on March 11, 2022. Join individuals and organizations around the globe as we harness the power of SEL on the first ever International #SELday! Sign up now to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL.

Impact of Social Emotional Learning

Educators Value SEL

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals Value SEL

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

SEL Yields Returns

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.