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2018 Social and Emotional Learning Conference
Building Skills for Lifelong Success

May 9-10, 2018
Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa.


Submission Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017


Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL)
CPSEL was created to promote social and emotional learning in preK-12 formal and informal education settings by providing resources, training, coaching and technical assistance to educators and practitioners. Our vision is to support learning environments that produce well-rounded young people who are not only equipped with the academic skills to succeed in life, but the skills that allow them to be men and women of integrity who contribute positively to their communities.

Target Audience
This conference is designed to provide quality professional development opportunities for school administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, social workers, youth development workers, early childhood professionals, student support specialists, staff who serve on SAP teams, alternative education teachers, homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact and other professionals who work on behalf of children and youth.

Conference Goals
The Center seeks high quality, effective presentations addressing the latest research and promising practices in supporting children’s social and emotional development, student engagement and school climate improvement. Workshops must support one of the five CASEL Core Competencies (

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Session Length
Two types of breakout sessions will be offered during the 2018 SEL Conference. Applicants may choose any of the following:

  • Institute presentations (3 hours each) will be selected for delivery in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Workshop presentations (90 minutes each) will be selected for delivery throughout the conference on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Presentation Synopsis (75 words)
This is the short description of the presentation that will appear on the SEL Conference website and within the printed conference program. All descriptions are subject to change at the discretion of conference staff.

To aid applicants in completing the presentation synopsis section found in the call for presenter’s application, examples of workshop descriptions are listed below.

Example #1
A critical part of classroom management is the implementation of corrective consequences. For corrective consequences to reduce or eliminate purposeful or habitual misbehavior, they must be implemented consistently. When consequences are implemented only some of the time, the consequence, no matter how severe is not likely to change the behavior. In fact, it may even make things worse. This session will provide tips for implementing consequences.

Example #2
The World Wide Web has fundamentally changed the lives of children more than any innovation in history. The pervasiveness of portable internet enabled devices opens a world of opportunity to people and offers us great hope for communication, learning, and commerce. However, there are serious risks associated with the online world. Many parents and schools have unknowingly placed their children in harm’s way. This presentation is aimed at informing adults of the risks associated with children’s online activity.

Example #3
This workshop is intended to familiarize the participants with the components of a parent/child reunification program. This introduction is not meant to be an all-inclusive program, but is designed to make school officials and emergency responders aware of the key components of a good parent-child reunification plan. Participants will return to their school able to analyze their current capabilities and plans to improve their school’s parent-child reunification processes and procedures.

Selection Process
Each presentation proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by a team comprised of peer reviewers and Center for Schools and Communities staff to determine selection. Proposals will be reviewed for:

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Adherence to proposal submission instructions
  • Relevance to conference goals and themes, timelines and general interest level of topic
  • Quality of proposed session’s content and the potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion through experiential learning techniques
  • Format, organization, length and session type


All applicants will be advised electronically regarding the status of their presentation proposal no later than September 15, 2017.

Conference Registration and Associated Costs
For each selected workshop/institute, the presenter(s) will be automatically registered for conference attendance at no charge based on the information provided in the online workshop proposal. Presenters may be required to assume responsibility for costs associated with the presentation, including handouts, lodging, mileage, non-conference meals and related expenses.

CPSEL has a modest budget to help cover some presenter costs. Stipends will be negotiated if a proposal is selected and will be based on availability of funds, the need for the workshop and the experience of the presenter.

Proposal to Present
Proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Presenters Submission Form no later than Friday, August 18, 2017. Handwritten, faxed or incomplete proposals will not be reviewed or accepted. Any questions regarding this Call for Presenters or the process should be directed to Amy Moritz, (717) 763-1661, ext. 191.

NOTE: When all required fields/screens have been completed and the form successfully submitted, the following message will appear on your screen “Thank you for submitting …” You will also receive a confirmation email with subject “2018 SEL Conference Presenter Confirmation.” Please check your spam folder if the email does not show in your inbox.