The Social Emotional Learning Conference

The 2018 National SEL Conference will be held June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn how you can…

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The Social Emotional Learning Conference is an exciting annual event hosted by Metro Nashville Public Schools and Alignment Nashville’s Behavioral Health Team designed to address the urgent need to educate teachers and school staff in Social Emotional Learning competencies and practices, in order to create long-term systemic change around positive school climate, stronger support systems for students, improved student health, academic engagement, and overall student success. Since the inaugural conference in July 2011, mental health providers, SEL experts, and other community partners have come together around a common goal to provide a variety of workshops throughout the day for educators–promoting understanding and awareness of SEL and how it impacts school climate and academic engagement, and teaching on-the-ground skills that allow teachers to become models of SEL practice for their students.



The Social Emotional Learning Conference is an exciting and unique opportunity to share your resources, materials, research, or tools with educators from across the country who are already invested in integrated SEL into their classrooms. Learn more about the vendor opportunities and benefits by downloading the packet below, then complete the Invitation to Participate™ to secure your space for the 2018 Conference. Click below to download the vendor packet!


The Behavioral Health Alignment Team is seeking proposals for workshops on Social Emotional Learning and topics related to SEL, especially including the intersection between school climate/connectedness and student achievement.

Workshops may be 1 or 2 hours long and must support the CASEL Core Competencies of SEL as well as the Pyramid Model of SEL. Workshops must also align with one of the conference content tracks:

  • Integrating SEL & Academics,
  • Embedding Trauma-Informed Practices/Mental Health
  • Promoting Greater Equity & Diversity,
  • Engaging Parents & Stakeholders,
  • Advancing Policy, Practice & Systemic Change.

How to submit a workshop:

STEP 1: Register for an account on Alignment Nashville’s online Portal — Each account must be individually approved. You will receive an email within 48 hours containing your temporary password.

STEP 2: Follow the link in the email to log into the Portal and reset your password.

STEP 3: Once logged in, visit this link or use the button below to access the SEL 2018 Invitation to Participate form.

Dates & Deadlines:

ITP Launch: October 18, 2017

Community Meeting: November 6, 2017

Deadline to Submit: March 30, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: April 16, 2018

Participation in the Social Emotional Learning Conference has exponentially grown since 2011, prompting the need for diversified content, critical support from community partners and sponsors, and powerful collaboration and coordination to ensure an outstanding experience year after year.

Participants Engage & Reflect on the Conference

Both the presenters and the attendees really care about the topic and the content is unmatched with ample learning and sharing opportunities and diverse presentations that included deliberate strategies and practices that I want to implement in my classrooms and home.

The SEL Conference was an opportunity for me to have conversations with other professionals in the education and nonprofit sector who serve our kids about how to holistically care for our students and families inside and outside the school setting.

This is a one of the best conferences I have ever been to. Not only is it organized incredibly well, but it’s fueled by a wealth of knowledge and excitement for SEL! Love it!

Very well planned out, organized, the materials were so helpful, the speakers provided a wealth of knowledge, break out sessions had adequate time. I cannot wait to attend again next year!

MNPS Educator

The SEL Conference offered workshops that broadened my perspective on serving our kids with the greatest needs. It gave me a comprehensive toolkit and concrete action steps for meeting SEL needs in our district.

Check back soon for registration information!

Since its beginning, the Nashville community has come together in an extraordinary way to make the conference a success! Now in its eighth year, the reach and influence has grown, but Nashville remains the beating heart and vibrant soul of the SEL Conference. Across seven years, an estimated $975,000 worth of professional development has been delivered to educators in Metro Nashville Public Schools at NO COST thanks to the contributions of local, state, regional, and national presenters who volunteer their time and knowledge, as well as the many vendors who provide top-notch resources and materials to conference participants. Although our stage is now a national one, our spirit remains that of Nashville. Learn more about Music City before your visit!


Whether coming as a sponsor, vendor, or presenter, the conference would not be possible without these participating organizations. Check back soon for exhibitor and presenter sign-ups!

Alive Hospice
Alternatives to Violence Project
Austin Peay State University
Autism Tennessee
Blue Cross, Blue Shield TN
Boys Town
Citizens Commission on Human Rights
Common Ground Cooperative
Davidson County Juvenile Court
DPCP Corps
East Tennessee State University
Experiential Tools
Family & Children’s Service
Flippen Group

Freeman Webb
Girl on the Run
GLSEN Tennessee
Hazelden Publishing
JT Moore Middle School
Life Changes in Progress
Love in a Big World
Mental Health America of Middle TN
Mental Health Cooperative
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Move This World
Nashville Children’s Alliance
Nashville Public Library
Nashville School Garden Coalition

Nashville STARS
PFLAG Nashville
Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
Renewed Support
Responsive Classroom
Sanford Harmony
Sexual Assault Center
Teaching Empathy Institute
Tennessee Credit Union
Tennessee Department of Education
Tennessee Youth Courts
The Family Center

The Mighty United
TN Transgender Political Coalition
TN Voices For Children
University of Tennessee
University of Virginia
University School of Nashville (USN)
Valor Collegiate Academy
Vanderbilt Behavioral Health
Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Youth Villages

Over the years, the SEL has featured local heroes and nationally recognized experts and leaders in the Social Emotional Learning community.

Tim Shriver, 2017 Keynote
Tim Shriver, 2017 Keynote
Erin Beecham, 2017 Keynote
Erin Beecham, 2017 Keynote
Pedro Noguera, 2016 Keynote
Pedro Noguera, 2016 Keynote
Jeff Duncan Andrade, 2015 Keynote
Jeff Duncan Andrade, 2015 Keynote

The Behavioral Health Alignment Team is proud to present the Innovation & Excellence in SEL Award each year to one Metro School employee and one community partner who exemplify the spirit of SEL and demonstrate its impact on youth.

Dr. Doug Granier, 2017 MNPS Recipient
Dr. Doug Granier, 2017 MNPS Recipient
ACE Nashville, 2017 Community Award Recipient
ACE Nashville, 2017 Community Award Recipient
Kyla Krengel, 2016 MNPS Award Recipient
Kyla Krengel, 2016 MNPS Award Recipient
Judge Sheila Calloway, 2016 Community Award Recipient
Judge Sheila Calloway, 2016 Community Award Recipient