Metro Schools hosts 2017 SEL Conference

Metro Schools and Alignment Nashville's Behavioral Health Team hosted the annual Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Conference on June 29-30 to equip educators with the tools they need to incorporate SEL in their schools.

SEL is a practice that focuses on meeting the needs of the whole learner by helping students build skills to deal with all of life’s challenges and develop positive strategies for handling conflict and managing healthy social relationships.

The conference featured renowned SEL experts and dozens of unique workshops that attendees self-selected. Businesses and organizations that support SEL and mental health were also on-site to share information about their services.

Attendees enjoyed lectures from two keynote speakers: Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, and Erin Beacham, education director in the southeast region of the Anti-Defamation League.

Data from the CDC’s latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the Tennessee Department of Health’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System revealed that large numbers of Tennessee students are have been exposed to adverse life events. SEL can vastly alter the course of a child’s academic, social, and health outcomes, even after exposure to trauma. Seventy-two percent of students in Metro Schools live at or below the poverty line, making this a very critical issue in the district.