SEL DAY 2023 SUMMIT: State Highlight

Creating Schools of Character and Social-Emotional Competency: Lessons from New Jersey Schools

This session explores how schools can utilize the “Eleven Principles” framework to build character and SEL competency and a positive school culture and climate.  Leaders from the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development will provide insights into the process of using the “Eleven Principles” as a school improvement framework and explain the “Schools of Character” process.  Leaders from three New Jersey schools/districts will talk about the benefits that this work has afforded the staff, students, parents, and others in their school community.  Information shared in this session can be used by any school to build SECD competencies whether or not the school plans to apply for recognition as State or National Schools of Character.  New Jersey leads the nation in the number of schools so recognized annually.  Join us and learn how this process can benefit your school community!


  • Dr. William Trusheim, President, NJASECD, Secretary, SEL4NJ
  • Laurie Coletti, Vice President, NJASECD, Principal, McDivitt School
  • Mary Reinhold, Secretary, NJASECD, Interim Principal, Macopin School
  • Eileen Dachnowicz, Trustee, NJASECD, Former State Coordinator, Schools of Character
  • Dr. Nathan Fisher, Superintendent of Schools
  • Sulisnet Jimenez, Principal, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
  • Douglas Stech, School Counselor, Woodmont Elementary School, Montville (NJ) Public Schools