Urban Assembly To Host Social Emotional Learning Virtual Symposium 2021 (Updated)

The Urban Assembly encourages students, educators, civic leaders, and community members from Harlem to Hollywood to attend the 4th Annual Urban Assembly Social-Emotional Learning Symposium on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021.

The virtual symposium, named SEL is Here to Stay: All Learning is Social and Emotional, features panels, workshops, and interactive presentations from leading SEL experts from around the country, including a keynote speech from celebrated author and advocate Heather McGhee.

The Urban Assembly SEL Symposium brings together important and diverse perspectives around social-emotional learning and development in K-12 education.



This year’s theme focuses on integrating and maximizing the power of SEL in all learning methods and platforms.

This year’s theme focuses on integrating and maximizing the power of SEL in all learning methods and platforms.

Panelists and presenters include: Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education; Dr. Byron McClure, founder of Lessons for SEL; Lucy Herz, CEO of the Student Success Network; Clark McKown, President of xSEL Labs; Dr. Terrell M. Hill, Superintendent of Windsor Public Schools; and Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent of Guilford County Schools, among many others.

“This is a time where social-emotional well-being must be prioritized,” explains Brandon Frame, Director of Social-Emotional Learning at the Urban Assembly. “Families across the country are dealing with a lot right now, and our communities and institutions have great incentive to prioritize SEL. By leaning in and listening to the needs of members of our communities, we, as practitioners and leaders, can better support the social-emotional needs of our communities.”

Experts will lead workshops and sessions that explore the equity, science, implementation and creating sustainable social-emotional learning programs and supports which are vital to advancing outcomes at this time.

Experts will lead workshops and sessions that explore the equity, science, implementation and creating sustainable social-emotional learning programs and supports which are vital to advancing outcomes at this time.

“Social-Emotional Learning is a paramount skill for students and staff, explains Urban Assembly CEO David Adams. “With fewer resources and increased constraints, program facilitators and educators are now tasked with rising to the occasion of providing high-quality experiences during a time of unprecedented need. This is the time for educators, program managers, counselors, students, families, and academics to lean into social-emotional learning. The Urban Assembly looks forward to working with practitioners and communities across the nation at the annual SEL symposium.”

The 4th Annual SEL Symposium, SEL is Here to Stay: All Learning is Social and Emotional will be held on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST.

Registration is $25 per person; register here.

Photo credit: Urban Assembly.

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