Mar 26 2021, 12:00 PM EDT

Virtual Briefing: SEL Policy to Foster Connection after Trauma

Hosted by Committee for Children, with America Forward, National University, Learning Policy Institute, and Urban Assembly

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How can federal policy support state efforts to foster positive youth skill development and overall mental health? The pre-K to Grade 12 education system has been tested in unprecedented ways over the past year, and educators, leaders, students, and their families have stepped up to the challenge in unique and innovative ways. One key lesson is the importance of centering education on social and emotional development and well-being to help students and adults navigate virtual and in-person learning, especially while working through trauma. In this briefing, students, members of Congress, and experts in child development discussed the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) concepts and how they can be advanced through federal policy.


  • David Adams, Senior Director of Strategy, The Urban Assembly
  • Angela Amigon, Urban Assembly Maker Academy
  • Kiara Atkins, Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
  • Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
  • Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, USC Rossier School of Education
  • Jordan Posamentier, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Committee for Children
  • LaShawn Robinson, Deputy Chancellor of School Climate and Wellness, New York City Department of Education
  • Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13)
  • Luan Taveras, Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
  • Nick Yoder, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Harmony SEL/National University