10 Must-Attend SEL Conferences in 2024


Conferences offer educators specializing in social and emotional learning (SEL) the opportunity to discover the latest research, innovative strategies, and practical tools to enhance their teaching practice. They serve as a platform to gather and share insights, foster connections, and address the unique challenges faced in promoting students’ emotional and social well-being.

We have selected ten social emotional learning conferences in 2024 that we believe you should attend as a specialist in the field. Whether you’re looking to stay ahead of emerging trends or refine your approach to teaching, these top SEL conferences of the year promise to empower attendees with the resources and inspiration needed to make a profound impact in their classrooms, schools and wider communities.

1. SEL4US SEL Resource Showcase

Host: SEL4US

Location: Online

Dates: January 18, 2024

Audience: n/a

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://sel4us.org/blog/event/sel4us-sel-resource-showcase-2024-01

2. Illinois Social Emotional Learning Conference 2024

Host: Regional Office of Education #8

Location: Springfield, IL

Dates: February 20, 2024

Audience: Teachers, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, administrators, SEL team members, social workers, counselors, and all other school staff


– Michael Bonner

– Gerry Brooks

– Carla Tantillo Philibert

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://www.roe8.com/calendar/4643676/illinois-social-emotional-learning-conference-2024

3. Social and Emotional Learning Conference

Host: University of Northern Iowa College of Education

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Dates: April 19, 2024

Audience: Teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school administrators and anyone who works with youth and children in the community


– Mark Sander (clinical psychologist)

– Todd Parr (author, illustrator)

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://coe.uni.edu/2024-social-and-emotional-learning-conference

4. SEL & Wellness Summit

Host: Sacramento County Office of Education

Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates: May 2-3, 2024

Audience: California County Office of Education leaders focused on SEL, district and community SEL leaders, and other focal school leaders and staff


– Roberto Rivera

– Dena Simmons

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://www.calhopesel.org/sel-wellness-summit

5. 2024 National SEL Conference

Host: Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL)

Theme: Building Community, Cultivating Change: The Movement for Expanded SEL Capacity

Location: King of Prussia, PA

Dates: May 21-23, 2024

Audience: Program administrators and coordinators, classroom teachers pre-K – secondary education, SEL providers and coaches, emotional or behavioral support staff and parenting support


– Shileste Overton Morris

– Kathy Van Horn, M.Ed., Licensed Psychologist

– Karen Lehman

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://site.pheedloop.com/event/NSELconference2024/home/

Fostering Inclusivity in Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Delve into evidence-based strategies for building and implementing inclusive SEL programs. Essential for directors of counseling and counselors, this infographic elucidates how to integrate SEL interventions that engage all students, particularly those from marginalized groups.

  • Program Design: Highlights the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the importance of addressing systematic barriers for students with disabilities.
  • Program Development: Emphasizes culturally affirming programs and family involvement to enrich SEL.
  • Program Implementation: Focuses on the role of teachers and the need for adult development in SEL programs.
  • Program Research: Points out the impact of culture on emotional development and the value of culturally responsive pedagogy

6. Social-Emotional Learning Forum

Host: Social-Emotional Learning Forum

Location & Dates:

– Nashville, TX – June 19-23, 2024
– Chicago, IL – November 6-9, 2024

Audience: Classroom teachers, principals, deans, school counselors, social workers, behaviorists, psychologists, community & faith-based youth workers


– Dr. Tiffany Anderson

– Dr. Brian Dinkins

– Consuelo Kickbusch

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://innovativeschoolssummit.com/social-emotional-learning-forum/

7. 2024 BlackSEL Summit

Host: DOM Education Fund

Theme: Waiting to ExSEL: An Intergenerational Exploration Exploration Connecting the Past to the Present

Location: Durham, NC

Dates: September 26-27, 2024


Speakers: TBD

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://blacksel.org/summit-24/

8. Virtual Collaborative 2024

Host: International School Counselor Association

Theme: Unity in Diversity: Harmonizing SEL Standards, Mental Health, and Inclusive Practices

Location: Online


– October 23-29
– November 6-12, 2024

Audience: n/a


– Maria Sirois, Psy.D

– Jacinta Williams

– Ruth E. VanReken

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://iscainfo.com/Collaborative-2024

9. 2024 SEL Exchange

Host: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Theme: ACCELERATE: Academic Thriving and Lifelong Learning

Location: Chicago, IL

Dates: November 12-14, 2024

Audience: 2,000 SEL and education champions from around the world including school and district leaders, researchers, policy leaders, parents, and young people

Speakers: TBD

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://selexchange.casel.org/2024conference

10. The 2024 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

Host: National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)

Theme: Promoting Well-Being in School

Location: Orlando, FL

Dates: December 5-7, 2024

Audience: Leaders, practitioners, researchers, family members, advocates, and other partners in the school mental health field

Speakers: TBD

Cost: See website for details

Link to register: https://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/annual-conference/

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Jon Izak

Jon Izak is the founder and CEO of Ori Learning.