Music City SEL Conference

The 2020 Music City Social Emotional Learning Conference will be held June 24-26 at Cane Ridge High School in Nashville, Tennessee!

The 10th annual Music City SEL Conference will bring together educators, youth-serving professionals, and other community leaders and stakeholders to share skills, tools, and resources for creating learning evironments that elevate whole-child wellness and empower all members of a community to thrive. This unique conference is designed and led BY practitioners FOR practitioners.


Here’s how you can be part of it:


Over the past decade, the Music City SEL Conference has brought together more than 6000 educators, youth-serving professionals, and community partners to learn from each other how we can better create environments for children to thrive. By sharing practical knowledge and skills, valuable tools and resources, and cutting-edge research, the conference has fostered a robust community of practice with particular emphasis on schools in the Southeast.

The Music City SEL Conference seeks to uplift practitioners innovating SEL in their schools and communities. The conference will offer two powerful plenary sessions and dozens of unique workshops across Thursday and Friday. Wednesday’s optional Pre-Conference Learning Institutes provide a chance for participants to take a deeper dive into select topics.


Wed. June 24: Optional Pre-Con (12:30 – 4:00pm)

Thurs. June 25: Conference Day One (8:00am – 3:45pm)

Fri. June 26: Conference Day Two (8:00am – 2:00pm)


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Thursday Keynote: Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center of the Yale School of Medicine. His grant-funded research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; the measurement of emotional intelligence; and the influence of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate. His book, Permission to Feel, combines psychological research and compelling anecdotes to offer a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely in order to achieve success and well-being.

Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systematic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than 2,000 public, charter, and private schools across the United States and in other countries. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

Marc has made it his life mission to promote emotional awareness in children and adults. His speeches combine science, passion, and inspiration in equal parts to explain why so many children and adults suffer as a result of being emotionally unskilled, and how we can reverse this course.



Last year, more than 700 participants from 35 states came together for the conference with many more adding their names to the waitlist – Yes, space is limited!

Registration includes access to both days of the conference (Thursday and Friday), lunch and refreshments each day, conference bags and materials, optional access to the networking reception and Pre-Conference Learning Institute.

Use the button below to access the registration site and secure your spot today!


Conference Rates:

In-State Rate
Out-of-State Rate
Pre-Con Fee

Where to Stay:

We are grateful to partner with the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt located at 2613 West End Avenue in the heart of Nashville to offer a special rate for conference attendees! To make your reservation, click here or call 1-615-327-4707 and reference block code SEL.

Just a 15 minute drive from the conference site, the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is convenient to many Nashville tourist features and will host the Conference Networking Reception on Thursday, June 25. For more information about the hotel click here.


Educators, administrators, mental health professionals, community leaders, and other experts on social emotional learning and related topics are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2020 Music City SEL Conference.

All workshops will be reviewed by Alignment Nashville’s SEL A-Team. See below for important criteria, dates & deadlines.


Workshops must be 90 minutes in length

Workshops must be engaging & instructive

Workshops must align to one of the following content tracks:

  • Integrating SEL in Academics & Pedagogy
  • Embedding Health & Wellness Practices
  • Promoting Greater Equity & Inclusion
  • Engaging Youth, Families, and Communities
  • Advancing Policy & Systemic Change


December 18: Proposals Accepted

March 4: Proposal Deadline

March 13: Proposals Reviewed

March 16: Decisions Communicated


Dozens of community partners line the Music City SEL Conference’s Exhibitor Alley to share tools and resources with more than 700 attendees. Review the exhibitor package and complete the form to register as an exhibitor!


January 2: Registration Opens

May 25: Registration Deadline

June 1: Payment Deadline

The Music City SEL Conference’s capacity to serve hundreds of educators each year is thanks to the generous sponsorships of our partners. However, a sponsorship isn’t just an investment in the conference, it is an investment in a thriving generation of teachers and students that is vital to all our futures. Review our Conference Opportunity Guide to learn more about sponsoring the 2020 Music City SEL Conference.!