Building statewide awareness for SEL and its impact
Providing resources and implementation support to schools
Supporting state and local policies and funding for SEL
Connecting local SEL stakeholders to share best practices
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Visit our “NEWS AND NOTES” Tab for information on current trends about SEL, what schools are doing to promote SEL, and current newsworthy items.

SEL Day 2024 - A Huge Success!

SEL Day for 2024 was another unqualified success! Our series of informational webinars leading up to SEL Day on March 8 were well attended and well received.  New Jersey schools were well-represented on social media contributing to over 1.6 million impressions during the day on March 8. SEL4NJ participated in the SEL4US International Summit with a session focusing on student engagement given by Patrick Fennell, a member of the SEL4NJ Advisory Council.  Governor Murphy and the New Jersey State Board issued proclamations honoring SEL Day in New Jersey and the support for the importance of students learning these life and employability skills continues to be quite evident in the state.
We like to say that “Every day is SEL Day in New Jersey” and with that in mind, we encourage schools to share their activities related to SEL and character development (SECD). You can share artifacts like lesson plans, pictures of activities, examples of student products, by sending them to  Share as much as you can, as often as you can!  We will showcase selected artifacts and best practices on our website so that others can benefit as well.
As an example, you can see what other schools have done to celebrate SEL Day in past years by viewing these articles from prior NJEA Reviews:
Finally, we encourage you to sign up for SEL4NJ by clicking JOIN  so that you will receive information about SECD-related workshops and other events sponsored by SLE4NJ and our partner organizations.   Please also reach out to us if you would like to become more involved in our organization as a volunteer. 
Contact us via if you have any questions at all about SEL Day.

SEL4NJ - SEL Week Webinar Showcase Series - March 4-7, 2024

During the lead-up to SEL Day, SEL4NJ hosted a series of practical webinars for all school educators and mental health professionals sharing SEL strategies that work in classrooms and schools. Recordings can be accessed by following the links below…

SEL4US SEL Day Summit - March 8, 2024

SEL4NJ also partnered with SEL4US and Urban Assembly to provide a session that was part of the SEL Day International  Summit on March 8, 2024.  Patrick Fennell, a member of our Advisory Council, gave a presentation called “Engaging and Empowering the Voices of ALL Students” which featured his work at Sparta (NJ) Middle School through the School Culture and Climate Initiative.  Click HERE for more information on the presentation and a link to the video recording of his session.

SEL Day Newsletters...

SEL Helps Valued Outcomes to Happen: A Series of Examples

The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for New Jersey is dedicated to ensuring everyone in New Jersey clearly understands the purpose and benefits of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. It also refers to the culture and climate of the school and the way schools promote positive character traits.  Contemplating a school without SEL is like having air without oxygen – it’s just not possible!
SEL works best when everyone, including staff, parents and caregivers, and students alike are involved in how SEL is designed, delivered, and integrated across all aspects of school life.
In this spirit, SEL4NJ has developed a series of information sheets that illustrate how SEL is embedded in the life of a school and how SEL is integral to the education process, enhancing and enabling the pursuit of overall excellence.  You can access these sheets by clicking on the topics outlined below…

SEL Supports Student Mental Health and Success in School and in Life

Social Emotional Learning - A Most Important Subject!

SEL4NJ Equity Statement

SEL4NJ’s goal of encouraging emphasis on social and emotional learning and skills requires attention to equity. Equity means that that all those subject to violence, other mistreatment or exclusion from opportunity are strongly protected and supported. Recent events have highlighted the ongoing effects of systemic racism and other forms of hate. While our core mission is to help create schools that are safe, supportive and caring, this mission requires addressing such injustice. Only by helping address injustice and inequities everywhere can schools be truly welcoming to all students and communities.

SEL4NJ Equity Statement

SEL Broadly Defined

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


Increasingly SEL has become a coordinating framework for how educators, families, and communities partner to promote students’ social, emotional, and academic learning.


When we refer to SEL, we are including systematic efforts to promote any or all of the following areas: social and emotional development, character development, 21st century skills, workforce readiness, employability skills, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), mindfulness, grit, growth mindset, whole child development, moral development, positive youth development, restorative justice, behavioral skills, positive climate and culture, and caring schools and communities.

National Findings on SEL Impact

Educators Value

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals Value

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

Economic Value of SEL

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.

Aspen Report on SEL

The Aspen Institute has issued a report on the importance SEL in educating children for a lifetime of success.