MAKE THE CASE 2020-01-08T14:47:43+00:00

To help you make the case to attend the 2020 National 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

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 2020 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference: SEL and Equity – Creating Community. The upcoming conference is being held Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is expected to draw approximately 800 attendees from all over the country and overseas.

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 the 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 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 three days of networking with professionals who care about and value SEL like we do, two keynote speakers, three mini-plenaries, one immersive three-hour skill-building session, four 90-minute workshop sessions, and exposure to a variety of programs and SEL tools, some of which are available at no charge.

Listed below are 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.