The Arts & SEL: A Synergistic Pairing

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education’s national conference, The Arts & SEL: A Synergistic Pairing. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel and safety regulations, and the unpredictability of the next several months, SEADAE has made the decision to postpone its national face-to-face conference to May 2021. However, in the spirit of continuing our unwavering commitment to supporting the intersection between the arts and social emotional learning, SEADAE is pleased to announce it will be hosting a half-day virtual summit on September 25, 2020.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT: The Arts & SEL: A Synergistic Pairing

Friday, September 25, 2020

1pm - 5pm ET | Reception celebrating the Arts & SEL to follow

In addition to our national gathering in Delaware (postponed to May 2021), and with your health and safety our top priority, SEADAE cordially invites you to attend a virtual summit, to be streamed on Friday, September 25. This half-day afternoon event will explore the synergistic relationships between the arts and SEL. Our goal is to retain and adapt many of the original elements planned for the in-person gathering, including stimulating breakout sessions, interactive performances, and lively confabulation (followed by an optional happy-hour reception and networking opportunity).

NATIONAL CONFERENCE: The Arts & SEL: A Synergistic Pairing (postponed)

May 2021

Newark, DE | Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

New dates for SEADAE’s national convening are planned for May 2021, at the original location(s) on the beautiful campus of the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at nearby Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Winterthur, DE). Looking ahead, we will be contacting you at a later date about the rescheduled 2021 conference. Please stay tuned for details. In the meantime, we look forward to getting the discussion underway with our half-day virtual summit on September 25, 2020.


The Arts & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): A Synergistic Pairing will explore relevant intersections between SEL competencies and learning in and through the arts, while offering a meaningful platform for the arts education community to be involved in the national SEL dialogue. It aims to support equitable access to SEL and arts learning as means to improve academic achievement; build sustainable support systems and networks that increase student, teacher, family, and community engagement; and strengthen understandings with the goal of influencing arts education at the nexus of policy, research, and practice.

Priority Tracks/areas of focus and discussion will include but are not limited to:


  • The role of trauma informed instruction and pedagogy within the arts and SEL
  • Arts-based somatic education and its interconnectedness with SEL
  • Insights into the neurobiological benefits of arts education
  • Data on the impact of SEL and arts-integrated learning on academic and behavioral development


  • Policy inclusion of social and emotional behavioral factors into metrics for student success
  • State-level arts and SEL initiatives
  • Policy considerations around data collection on SEL and arts-integrating learning


  • Strategies for influencing and implementing the arts within SEL
  • Strategies for engaging non-arts based SEL organizations and others to become better informed about the appropriate intersections between SEL and arts learning
  • Building capacity for SEL practices in the arts classroom
  • Utilizing data to promote SEL and arts-integrated learning

The Arts & SEL: A Synergistic Pairing represents the culmination of a year-long professional learning project for SEADAE, made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The conference will be presented in partnership with Young Audiences Arts for Learning and Little Kids Rock.

AGENDA: Coming Soon


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