Social and emotional learning (SEL)

Celebrating SEL Day Together

Social and emotional learning (SEL)

The Leaders in SEL Education and Curriculum

Social and emotional learning (SEL) changes lives, schools, and communities by preparing young people for long-term academic, professional, and social success. The Sanford College of Education, in partnership with SEL4US, will share this message with a worldwide community at the third annual International SEL Day on Friday, March 8, 2024.

The Sanford College of Education at National University is holding events all week to lead up to the final day. Throughout the events, Sanford College of Education will have an opportunity to highlight some of its own programs and special initiatives. We hope you will participate and reach out to your contacts to provide them with information about the week.

The Sanford College of Education at National University offers on-campus and online programs in the area of teacher education, including the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Social Emotional Learning, and Master of Education with an emphasis in SEL.

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Harmony Academy provides educators with professional learning and curriculum resources that support healthy relationships. Through professional development tools, Harmony Academy aims to equip educators with the skills they need to foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students and educators need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively with others.

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International SEL Day is on March 8! National University’s Sanford College of Education will be hosting events showcasing how SEL changes lives, schools, and communities all week long. Please join us in celebrating these events!

Event Calendar


March 4, 2024

SEL Week Kickoff: What’s New, What’s Now, and What’s Next: Advancing the Science of SEL

Dr. Chris Cipriano, Associate Professor at Yale and Director of the Education Collaboratory, will highlight new and needed areas of inquiry in SEL evidence, competence, implementation, and assessment to catalyze future directions for the SEL field. Recommendations for centering students with marginalized identities and their families, attending to the intersection of industry and efficacy, and explicit guidance for addressing the tensions of equity in, with, through SEL will be discussed.

Host: Dr. Cynthia Sistek,
Location: Dr. Christine Cipriano

4:00 – 5:30 PM/PST


March 5, 2024

Educator Wellness, SELf-Care, & Gratitude

Educator health and well-being has never been such a monumental need in our schools today. Research proves that by intentionally practicing gratitude we can dramatically improve our disposition and help to grow a healthy mindset which leads us to more joy and overall better health. Gratitude also makes a dramatic difference in relationships and leads to more successful learning experiences. In this online seminar participants will:

  • Practice strategies that focus on wellness & SELf-care
  • Learn how gratitude helps us cope with stress, regulate our emotions, and nourish
  • Discover ways to practice gratitude with peers
  • Understand how self-care and gratitude promotes prosocial behavior in our world

Host: Dr. Cynthia Sistek
Presenter: Dr. Lainie Rowell
Mindfulness Opener: Dr. Michael Gerson
Panelists: Dr. Cynthia Sistek, Dr. Michael Gerson, Lainie Rowell, Dr. Amanda Rothengast, Hasmik Movsisyan, and Joli Oliver (with resource contributions from Michelle Trujillo, Dr. Jim Burke, & Dr. Sharen Bertrando

4:00 – 5:30 PM/PST


March 6, 2024

Discover the Multiple Intersections of SEL and Academics

Let’s celebrate # SELweek together through this engaging, action-oriented webinar. Educators recognize the importance of social and emotional skills and relationships for learning but often request more concrete strategies about what it means to integrate SEL
within academics. With Dr. Susan M. Green from New York City Public Schools, Dr. Nick Yoder from Harmony Academy, and educators from across the country, explore the explicit and implicit ways that SEL connects to academic learning, identify concrete strategies you can take away with you to more intentionally embed SEL and academics, and leave with some resources that can help you on your SEL-academic integration journey.

Host: Dr. Cynthia Sistek
Presenters: Dr. Nick Yoder and Dr. Susan M. Green
Panelists: Elizabeth Reyes Sanchez, Andrea Klafter Phillips

4:00 – 5:30 PM/PST


March 7, 2024

Supporting the Whole Adult Learner Through Intentional Interventions to Increase Social Emotional Learning and Student Engagement

In an era where the focus on holistic development has never been more pronounced, our educational institutions are recognizing the profound impact of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) not only on students but also on the adults who guide and nurture them. The need to foster positive emotional well-being, cultivate meaningful connections, and enhance interpersonal skills among educators is at the forefront of creating a thriving learning environment. Our esteemed panelists today are leaders in the field, working tirelessly to bridge the gap between academic achievement and emotional intelligence. They are here to share their insights, strategies, and experiences in navigating the complex terrain of social and emotional learning for adults within the educational setting. As we embark on this enlightening discussion, we will explore the role of school counselors, BCBAs, and school psychologists in spearheading initiatives that promote engagement, foster empathy, and cultivate a culture of emotional intelligence among educators. Our aim is not only to enhance the well-being of the adult stakeholders in education but also to create a ripple effect that positively impacts the overall school community.

Hosts: Dr. Terri Pieretti and Dr. Ron Morgan
Presenters: Dr. Samuel Hernandez, Dr. Mark Nguyen, Dr. Michelle Browning, Oscar Silva

4:00 – 5:30 PM/PST


March 8, 2024

International SEL Day

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#SELday #SELweek #wearesel


April 10, 2024

Harmonizing Minds: Synchronizing SEL into ABA Practices

This webinar will delve into the seamless integration of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) principles within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practices. Participants will explore how SEL concepts such as self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making can enhance the effectiveness of ABA interventions. Through practical examples and case studies, attendees will learn how to incorporate SEL strategies into behavior analysis frameworks, promoting not only behavioral change but also fostering emotional regulation, empathy, and interpersonal skills. This webinar aims to equip educators, therapists, and practitioners with innovative approaches to promote comprehensive development and well-being in individuals across various settings.

Host: Dr. Cynthia Sistek
Presenters: Dr. Faheema Abdool-Ghany, Dr. Trube Miller

4:00 – 5:30 PM/PST