Upcoming Events

Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Summit: Preparing Youth for College, Career, and Life

Monday, June 5, 2017, 8:00 AM–3:00 PM

Boston University, George Sherman Union
Metcalf Hall, Second Floor
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Admission: No charge

Register now

Boston After School & Beyond, in partnership with the Boston University School of Education, invites you to a citywide summit on the skills necessary for college, career, and life. At the summit, we will unveil the new Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework, created with Boston’s youth development and education community. Throughout the day, we will take a deep dive into social and emotional skills, learn about relevant research, and discuss best practices with representatives from nearly 200 program partners.

Throughout the day, there will be concurrent workshop sessions organized around the three categories of the ACT Skills Framework: Achieve, Connect, Thrive. Each workshop strand will feature presentations from the PEAR Institute, as well 9 program providers who excel in these domains.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
  • Hardin Coleman, Dean of Boston University School of Education, and Vice-Chair of Boston School Committee
  • Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, City of Boston
  • Wanda McClain, Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr. Gil Noam, Founder and Director, PEAR Institute at Harvard Medical School

Learn more and register

Coming in Fall 2017 to Western and Southern MA!

SEL4MA “Promoting Effective SEL in Your Community”

Building on the success of sold-out conferences for the past four years, SEL4MA has conducted four regional conferences in Reading, Boston, Bridgewater and Southborough in 2016-2017.  We are now engaged in planning additional regional events in western and southern Massachusetts.  Stay tuned!

Social-emotional learning is a core component of effective education, increasing students’ academic achievement and behavioral health while teaching skills essential to success in all areas of life.

When we come to your area, please join social-emotional learning proponents from across your region and discover approaches for developing an effective SEL plan for your school, district, or community. Whether your community has been implementing SEL for some time or is just getting started, there are concrete steps that you can take to improve your effectiveness and results.

Come join other Massachusetts SEL advocates for a stimulating day of professional learning and personal renewal.

At an SEL4MA regional event, you will:

  • Learn best practices and practical solutions for developing a comprehensive SEL plan
  • Assess the current state of SEL in your community
  • Connect with others in your region and share lessons learned
  • Discover strategies for successfully advocating for SEL in your school, district or community
  • Create an action plan outlining practical next steps to take back to your community
  • Leave feeling informed, inspired and renewed

Register now and spread the word to colleagues and community members.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our regional SEL events!

SEL4MA 2016 regional events were supported by the following organizations




 Apperson logo: Know more. Do more.              Project Adventure logo


William James College graduate education in psychology logo     Agile Mind logo: Agile educators. Agile learners. Agile tools to support high achievement.


 Aspire logo: Helping young people on the autism spectrum achieve success               

Interested in sponsoring SEL4MA regional events?

If you are part of an SEL-related organization and are interested in becoming one of our event sponsors, please contact us at events@sel4ma.org to learn more. Sponsors will be acknowledged in all key event materials.

Past Workshops and Events

January 26, 2016

apperson workshop graphic

Workshop: Supporting SEL in Massachusetts
Wellesley College Club, Wellesley, MA
Co-sponsored by Apperson, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Open Circle

The workshop Supporting SEL in Massachusetts, which took place on January 27, 2016, 9:00am to 4:30pm, at the Wellesley College Club, was designed to prepare participants to engage their schools and districts in thoughtful discussions about the clear benefits of SEL assessment, best practices for SEL implementation, and using SEL assessment data to inform practice. Apperson, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Open Circle were excited to present this workshop to promote effective social and emotional learning.

SEL4MA Steering Committee Co-Chair Jim Vetter provided a welcome address and Steering Committee member Nova BIro was one of the main presenters.

SEL in Massachusetts - Progress and Opportunities slides

Download slides from presentation SEL in Massachusetts: Progress and Opportunities.