May 9, 2018, Benzinga Media Outlet: Advocates Gather in Harrisburg for Social and Emotional Learning Conference https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/05/r11676949/advocates-gather-in-harrisburg-for-social-and-emotional-learning-confe More than 500 educators, national experts and youth advocates will participate in the 2018 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Conference May 9-10 in Harrisburg. Presented by the Center for Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) at Center for Schools and Communities, this event seeks to advance the national conversation about social-emotional learning, character development, creating positive school climates and implementing effective practices that keep students in school, engaged in learning, and ready to succeed in work and life. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to a student's ability to manage and express emotions appropriately, show empathy for others, have positive relationships and make good decisions. Several hundred studies have documented that well-planned and well-implemented SEL programming can positively impact a broad range of student social, health, behavioral and academic outcomes. All these skills can be taught; and students and adults with these skills do better in school, in the workplace and in life. In light of recent trends in troubling youth behavior and school violence, educators and administrators are realizing that now, more than ever, schools have to think beyond the basics of reading, writing and mathematics. … The interactive two-day conference, "Building Skills for Lifelong Success" will feature an impressive lineup of speakers and events. More than 30 workshops, seven in-depth sessions and a keynote presentation will cover a range of topics related to student motivation, resilience, academic achievement, violence prevention, parenting and family relationships. The conference provides school leaders, educators and youth-serving professionals with the tools to adopt SEL practices and create school climates that support academic engagement, improved student health and overall success and learning. The latest research as well as effective program models and practices from national experts will be shared with attendees representing 31 states and Canada.