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 Jim Vetter, Associate Director of Health and Technology at Education Development Center, Inc., and Meghan McCoy, Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, 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 ( or Meghan (

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 By selecting the State House as the site of our 4th annual conference, we highlighted SEL in the eyes of legislators, policymakers and the general public. If you have questions or would like to get involved in future initiatives, please contact Mitch Lyons (

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 Committee Chair NIkki Murphy (

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

Steering Committee, co-chaired by Fern Shamis, Assistant Director of Lesson One, and Jim Vetter, Associate Director of Health and Technology of Education Development Center, Inc., meets quarterly to set direction and establish policy for SEL4MA. Contact Jim Vetter ( for more information.

Website Design Group is involved in improving the website to make it more user friendly and dynamic. We are currently seeking to fill a paid internship position for website development. If you have questions, please Mitch Lyons (