SEL4MA Committees

SEL4MA Committees are formed through and by the initiatives of its members. If you have an idea for a committee, SEL4MA will release an email to our over 900 members to find others with similar interests.

Business Engagement Committee,  is developing strategies to involve Massachusetts businesses (both non-profit and for-profit) in supporting SEL in all schools because of the benefits of training children to be ready-to-work in ways that generate cost savings and improve productivity. If you have any questions, please contact Mitch Lyons (

Committee to Re-Model Athletics is a Boston Public Schools initiative organized to restructure athletics to be an educational process where sport-related sciences are learned, experienced and practiced on teams.  Mitch Lyons ( is co-chair with Dr. Kristen Weeks of BPS of this committee.   The first result of this effort occurred In June, 2016, when BPS authorized the moving of Athletics to sit under the Office of SEL and Wellness.   The mission of athletics changed with that move.  This is a five-year project and is ongoing.  If you are interested in this work, please contact Mitch.

Event Committee, co-chaired by Executive Director Jim Vetter, develops and operates our conferences and other events. We are currently in the planning stages for a series of regional events in Spring 2016. If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact Jim at

Family and Community Committee, chaired by Karen Craddock and Margaret Kiwanuka, is aimed at exploring and advancing our understanding, practice and engagement with families and community partners around social-emotional learning. With an emphasis on convening a diverse body, the plan is to support and deepen our strategies in participatory and culturally responsive and fluent ways across the state and in partnership with other SEL related activities. To join this committee, write

Massachusetts Consortium for Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Education (SEL-TEd), chaired by Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Ed.D. and businessman David Zussman, is advocating for more substantive integration of SEL research/practice into teacher preparation programs.  If you have questions or would like to become involved, please contact Dr. Donahue-Keegan (

Public Policy and Advocacy chaired by Newton School Committee member Ellen Gibson, plans and executes our work to promote SEL through legislation and other policy initiatives at the local, state, and national level. For more information or to become involved, contact Ellen at

School-based Mental Health Service Providers Committee. This Committee’s mission is to use the powerful role of mental health providers working in school settings to promote the development and implementation of effective social emotional learning programs and practices to enhance the healthy psychological development of all school-age students and reduce behavioral health barriers to learning and school success. For more information or to become involved, contact Jim Vetter at

Speakers’ Bureau, chaired by Mitch Lyons, has twenty-two speakers from all over Massachusetts, who have volunteered to be speakers at conferences, PTSO’s, houses of worship, associations, business groups, anti-violence and anti-addiction nonprofits, social justice and civil rights organizations, and other settings. If you know of audiences who would like a speaker, contact us at

Steering Committee, co-chaired by Fern Shamis, Assistant Director of Lesson One, and Executive Director Jim Vetter meets quarterly to set direction and establish policy for SEL4MA. For more information, contact Jim at

Online Outreach Committee manages the online presence of SEL4MA, including our website, email blasts, and social media. For more information or to get involved, please contact Jim Vetter at