SEL Spring Meeting

AASA Awarded $400,000 Grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Promote Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Schools

“Momentum for social and emotional learning has grown exponentially over the last several years and has truly turned into a global movement to improve education and life outcomes for youth and adults,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA.  Read the Press Release. View the Flickr Album.

Leading Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

AASA's new initiative is a national effort to accelerate school and district Social Emotional Learning (SEL) awareness, action and impact, with support from the Chan Zuckerberg initiative. Momentum for SEL has grown exponentially over the last several years and has truly turned into a global movement to improve education and life outcomes for youth and adults. Today, demand for SEL from states and school districts is at an all-time high, a growing body of research is generating more knowledge and receptivity than ever before, and thousands of scholars and educators have found common ground in advancing SEL.

Leading Social and Emotional Learning is a ground breaking Initiative designed to accelerate superintendent SEL leadership.


The AASA Social Emotional Learning Cohort is a vibrant community engaged in meaningful dialogue about how SEL is contributing to the whole child—from physical and mental health to the development of fundamental, lifelong learning skills. The cohort is presented in partnership with AASA, CZI, Panorama, Right At School and Move this World. For more information on the cohort visit

AASA National SEL Summit

Mark Your Calendar: October 18, 2020

More information will be posted soon  

AASA Superintendents’ SEL Toolkit

Recognizing the importance and unique needs of superintendents and senior district leaders in a districtwide systemic SEL implementation, AASA is developing a Superintendents’ SEL Toolkit that will offer guidance and resources to shape a district’s SEL vision, communicate a strong commitment, and align district organizational structures and resources to sustain high-quality SEL implementation. As the SEL toolkit evolves, we will provide updated information.


AASA SEL Resource Library

The Resource Library is designed to provide current, relevant resources that provide practical solutions, contents and information on Social and Emotional Learning. As the SEL Initiative gains momentum, we will continue collecting additional research to support this important cause. Cohort members, login to access the SEL resources.

Join the SEL Discussion

Welcome to the Leading Social and Emotional Learning Facebook group webpage.. We hope this tool will allow you to connect with your colleagues in a whole new way and share winning strategies and ideas, engage with colleagues across the nation (or right next door) and grow personal and professional learning communities.

Contact AASA SEL Team

We're looking for like-minded leaders who are innovators and risk takers in the field of SEL. No one can argue this is one of the most critical issues in public education. If you think you can make a positive contribution to this new effort please contact us 703.875.0706 or


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  Latest SEL News  

Is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) a District-Wide Concern?
Social and emotional learning is happening in every classroom and on every playground in every school district, no matter what the leaders in those districts are doing, or not doing. This is because, according to a commonly held definition, SEL is “the process of learning to integrate thinking, feeling and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions and manage behaviors.”

Inaugural Social and Emotional Learning Cohort Meeting Kicks Off in Nashville
Groundbreaking Initiative Designed to Meet the Needs of the ‘Whole Child’
"This conversation didn't start last year or in 1970 when I became a teacher," said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network, before a packed audience. "It's an ongoing conversation because we care about kids."

AASA Launches Social and Emotional Learning Cohort
“In keeping with our successful model of developing leadership cohorts of superintendents and their teams to focus on specific areas, this new cohort is certain to make a long-lasting impact on our nation’s public education landscape,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director.


SEL Summit and Cohort Meeting

Superintendents and experts were in a Washington, D.C., suburb on October 13 for the AASA, The School Superintendents Association Fall 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Cohort meeting, and taking a meaningful and mindful break from the three-day conference was a way to put into practice what they had been discussing: social-emotional learning. 

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Social & Emotional Learning Summit and Cohort SPRING 2019 Meeting
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Social & Emotional Learning Summit and Cohort FALL 2019 Meeting

Thanks to AASA Partners for Their Support