Building national awareness for SEL and its impact
Advocating for state and local policies and funding to support SEL
Connecting local SEL stakeholders to share best practices


We’re launching a grassroots effort to promote and support high quality social emotional learning (SEL) throughout Iowa. 

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Upcoming SEL Events

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively

Start date: April 4, 2020

End date: April 5, 2020

Time: 9-4

Location: Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

From day one, you will learn a range of strategies
you can use every day. You will learn how to set high
expectations while being supportive. You will
practice how to provide direct feedback and how to
ask questions that foster accountability. You will
also learn the most effective methods to resolve
common conflicts
We devote the second day entirely to teaching
attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles
are an essential process for building social capital,
resolving social problems and responding when
harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning
environment. You will learn by participating in
circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn
how to facilitate. By the end of the day, you will be
prepared to return to your setting and run your first

2020 SEL Institute

Start date: April 27, 2020

End date: April 28, 2020

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota


This two-day conference is an opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of school communities. This gathering will offer educators, administrators, counselors and social workers the opportunity to connect with others from across the region that are doing similar work and provide concrete steps to create a school environment that supports the whole child.

SEL Impact

Educators Value SEL

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals Value SEL

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

SEL Yields Returns

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.