2019 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS 2019-12-18T08:39:54+00:00
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Thank you sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees!

CPSEL is proud to be part of the leadership dedicated to the equitable and intentional integration of social, emotional and academic well-being of children in schools and communities and bridge the gap between research and practice in our work. Our 2019 event, held May 20-22, was a high-quality professional development opportunity for cross-sector and diverse stakeholders.


2019 SEL Conference Highlight Video

The 2019 conference highlighted the important issues in SEL: equity, inclusion, trauma-informed approaches, school climate, instruction and learning how to integrate the arts, storytelling, and mindfulness in our work. Our keynote presenters shared their experiences, opened new possibilities in our thinking, and made us laugh!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Debbie Silver is a former Louisiana Teacher of the Year, a best-selling author, and a highly acclaimed national and international speaker. This popular speaker has presented in 49 states, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Middle East.

Silver’s best-selling books include Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, Fall Down 7 Times – Get Up 8, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, and her recently released Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success. She is a multiple award-winning educator who has taught almost every grade level and every kind of student along the way.

Silver’s high-energy sessions address both the art and heart of teaching. Her extensive research background gives her keen insights into educational theory and practice, while her trademark humor and candor help her connect with all those involved in education. Audiences delight in hearing this 30-year veteran teacher whose presentations are described as “where learning collides with laughter.”

Professor Maurice J. Elias is director of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab at Rutgers University, where he has been for nearly four decades. He is also co-director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools. The Academy provides online certificate programs for individuals seeking to build their expertise in social-emotional and character instruction, as well as school leadership regarding social-emotional and character development and positive culture and climate.

Over the years, Elias has written many articles, books, guides and much more. Some of his latest writings include Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible, Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills; The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development; Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Actions for School Leaders, Teachers, and School Support Professionals; and The Joys and Oys of Parenting: Insight and Wisdom from the Jewish Tradition. Elias has received lifetime achievement recognition from the Society for Community Research and Action, CASEL and Character.org.

Elias is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally and is known for blending humor, inspiration, insight and practicality into his presentations. In his keynote address, he will discuss how schools must reorganize to use social-emotional and character competencies as the basis for addressing pervasive issues of cultural and other diversity, equity, trauma (including those linked with poverty), and academic development. Based on four decades of work in schools, Elias will show how our expectations of ourselves and our students must rise to meet the increasingly complex demands of citizenship in a democracy and within global economics.


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7 Mindsets, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, Botvin LifeSkills Training, BrightBytes, Center for Safe Schools, Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning, Chicken Soup for the Soul, EduMotion, Evaluation Solutions, Center for Schools and Communities Research & Evaluation Group, I Can Problem Solve, Illuminate Education, Inc., Ivymount Outreach Programs, Lakeside, LearningSEL, Lions Quest, Milton Hershey School, Mindset Works, Pawsitively SEL, Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals, Positive Action, POWER-Solving, Quaver Music, Research Press Publishers, Responsive Classroom®, Ripple Effects, Inc., Saddleback Educational Publishing, Sanford Harmony, School-Connect, Second Step – Committee for Children, SEL Impact, SEL4US, Six Seconds the Emotional Intelligence Network, TEAMology, The Compassion Club, RULER, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, xSEL Labs, YouthLight, Inc.

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7 Mindsets, I Can Problem Solve, Kelso’s Choice, Cerebellum Corporation, Mindset Works, The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, North Shore Animal League America, Positive Action, Quaver Music, Saddleback Educational Publishing, Sanford Harmony, Second Step – Committee for Children, SEL4US, Six Seconds the Emotional Intelligence Network, Social Design Making, TEAMology, xSEL Labs, Youth Communication