MAKE THE CASE 2018-11-28T16:49:13+00:00

To help you make the case to attend the 2019 SEL Conference, we have pulled some helpful research findings from a variety of sources. Based on the priorities and goals of your district or organization, focus on the research findings that will resonate most with your decision-makers.

“To thrive in the 21st century, students need more than traditional academic learning. They must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, which are some of the skills developed through social and emotional learning (SEL). Coupled with mastery of traditional skills, social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the swiftly evolving digital economy.”

Source: New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology


SEL Impact on Academics

  • 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement
  • Improved classroom behavior
  • Increased ability to manage stress and depression
  • Better attitudes about themselves, others, and school

Source: CASEL SEL Impact


SEL Impact on Life Outcomes
Early prosocial skill development decreased the likelihood of the following:

  • Living in or being on a waiting list for public housing
  • Receiving public assistance
  • Having any involvement with police before adulthood
  • Ever spending time in a detention facility

Source: CASEL SEL Impact


SEL and Employability
“Over half of manufacturers and business CEOs have serious problems finding workers with the skills they need for workplace success.”

  • Self-motivation, time management, communication, problem solving, and relationship building are the types of skills employers often seek
  • Of the 16 skills identified in a World Economic Forum report as important for 21st century, 12 are SEL skills
  • A 2015 study by researchers at Columbia University found that the measurable benefits of SEL exceed the costs, often by considerable amounts. The aggregate result of the analysis showed an average benefit-cost ratio of about 11:1 among the six evidence-based SEL interventions studied. This means that, on average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.

Source: Closing America’s Skills Gap: A Business Roundtable Vision and Action Plan and The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 2015 Graduates


Need more help convincing your decision-makers?

Chances are, if you are exploring this web page, you already understand the value of effective SEL implementation in a school/district. You may even be aware of all of the research findings we listed above. But you may still have others in your district who need a little convincing – so let us help you!

Use the customizable letter below to help make the case!





I am requesting approval to attend the 2019 Social and Emotional Conference: Building Skills for Lifelong Success being held Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is expected to draw approximately 700 national and international attendees.

This SEL conference differs from others in that it is geared toward practitioners and offers sessions from some of the top SEL thought-leaders in the nation. Sessions will provide best practices and new strategies based on some of the latest research findings in the field of SEL.

Of the 16 skills identified in a World Economic Forum report as important for 21st century, 12 are SEL skills. So, if we want to produce graduates who can succeed after high school, we need to find ways to reinforce these skills and weave them into everyday practice. I believe that professional development opportunities like this one will help me gain the knowledge and pedagogy to help us advance our school in this area. While I know that budgets are tight, the increased focus on topics like school safety, school climate and career readiness make this a priority worth investing in.

Attending the full conference will give me access to two keynote presentations, one immersive 3-hour skill-building session, four 90-minute workshops, exposure to a variety of programs and SEL tools – some of which are available at no charge, and three days of networking with other professionals who care about SEL like we do.

I have listed below the conference sessions that relate directly to my work and our SEL program goals. I would be more than happy to share what I learn at an upcoming staff or leadership meeting in order for our entire team to benefit from my experience in Baltimore.


If you are interested in learning more about this conference, or would like to suggest other sessions I might attend, please visit the conference website at

Thank you for considering this professional development opportunity. I am confident that this opportunity will assist in our efforts to implement comprehensive, research-based and effective SEL programming and practices.