If you’re an educator, you know that social emotional learning changes lives. Studies show that SEL delivers long-term improvements in skills, behavior and academic performance while reducing anxiety, depression and substance abuse. SEL competencies are also critically important for long-term success in today’s economy.

But many New Jersey residents don’t know about the importance of SEL, which is why the SEL4US and The Urban Assembly invite schools and communities around the globe to celebrate the fourth annual International SEL Day on Friday, March 10, 2023. This year’s theme is Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds.

The Social Emotional Learning Alliance for New Jersey – known as SEL4NJ – is inviting members of the New Jersey education community to participate in the activities it has planned for the day. The organization invites districts to come together to showcase SEL in our communities, promote SEL to our personal and professional networks, advocate SEL with our policymakers and support SEL in our schools, organizations and communities.

This year, school officials and staff are invited to attend the organization’s free SEL Day Summit, an all-day online event showcasing SEL best practices from states across the U.S. and countries around the globe. View a complete agenda and register here.

SEL4NJ also has made available toolkits to help you showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL in your local school, organization and community.

You can also earn badges by completing activities that showcase, promote, advocate and support SEL in your local school, organization and community. Climb to the top of the leaderboard by contributing multiple activities that raise awareness for SEL and engage new SEL stakeholders.