Social and Emotional Learning Cohort

Put emotional well-being at the forefront of your district's educational strategy.

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The mission of the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Cohort is to support school district leaders as they develop and scale systemic SEL implementation plans in order to promote culturally-responsive, identity-safe and equitable classroom and school communities that best support students’ social and emotional well-being, sense of connection to school, and full engagement in learning.

The SEL 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. 

Learn with and from leading experts, thought leader practitioners and colleagues.

  • Work together as a community of practice, sharing resources and developing action plans, to move your SEL initiatives forward
  • Experience virtual and in-person site visits to get a firsthand look at how SEL programs are being implemented across the country
  • Engage in real-time conversations with leaders at different stages of implementation and leading districts of different sizes and demographics
  • Learn innovative and immediately implementable strategies for furthering SEL in your district
Who should participate?
Any district leader who is interested in furthering social & emotional learning in their district, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents and directors who are innovators and risk takers.
Cohort Dates and Details

Registered cohort members receive complementary access to all meetings and resources. Virtual meetings are open to registered cohort members’ staff, and staff members may register for in-person meetings for a nominal fee.

Virtual Meetings:

August 14, 2023 (In conjunction with the AASA Learning 2025 Network event) | 4:00pm - 5:30pm ET

September 27, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5pm ET

November 29, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5pm ET

February 28, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5pm ET

May 29, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5pm ET

In-Person Meetings:

October 9 - 11, 2023 | Site Visit | Mineola Public Schools, Garden City Park, N.Y.

April 17 - 19, 2024 | Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning Summit | San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Calif. | Register Today


Since 2018, the Marshalltown school community has experienced a steady stream of trauma, including a physically devastating EF3 Tornado and derecho, aka land hurricane, while simultaneously dealing with the pandemic. We were already doing a lot of work in the SEL realm and becoming a member of the AASA SEL Cohort allowed us to work with a community of passionate professionals who helped us learn, grow, develop and implement evidence-based practices to help ALL of our students cope better with life’s challenges.
Theron Schutte

Superintendent, Marshalltown Community School District (IA)

Theron Schutte


August 14, 2023 to May 29, 2024


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  • Stephanie St. John

    Project Coordinator, Leadership Network

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


  • Debbie Magee

    Director, Leadership Network

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


2023 SEL Meetings

View the SEL Cohort photo album from the cohort's 2023 fall visit to Mineola Public Schools (N.Y.)

Cheerleaders at Mineola Public Schools

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SEL Toolkit

Resources, solutions and information on Social and Emotional Learning for school leaders including a free online professional development series and practical toolkit.