SEL DAY 2023 SUMMIT: Keynote

Taking Stock and Facing the Future: A Discussion on the State of SEL

Join David Adams, CEO of Urban Assembly and SEL Day co-chair in conversation with SEL-field co-founder and Rutgers University Professor of Psychology, Dr. Maurice Elias, and CASEL’s CEO, Dr. Aaliyah Samuel. We don’t know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been and this discussion will reflect on the exponential uptake of SEL over the last few decades, the current state of the field, and what comes next. Our speakers will discuss timely field priorities such as supporting SEL implementation quality; paths to developing state-wide support; effectively advocating for SEL; and building bridges of understanding across lines of disagreement and difference to continue to expand the diverse national coalition of SEL allies.


  • David Adams, CEO, Urban Assembly
  • Aaliyah Samuel, EdD, President and CEO, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Maurice Elias, Ph.D., Leadership Team, SEL4US; Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab; and Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools