Past Program


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is one of the hottest topics in global education today. Evidence shows that SEL can help young people acquire the skills to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and shape new jobs and career pathways. SEL skills can also help communities and populations grapple with complex change and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. 

On the demand side, there are compelling calls from around the world for the systematic development and embedding of social and emotional learning opportunities in education systems. Unusually, these demand side drivers are now coming from industry, private sector and economists as well as from education and civil society organizations

On the supply side, however, it is still rare to find SEL opportunities integrated at a system-wide level in national education sectors. At global level, the three most frequently cited barriers relate to teacher preparation, curriculum design, and perceived challenges around measurement and assessment. There are also significant constituencies who for different reasons do not consider SEL opportunities to be important and relevant in education.

A comprehensive evidence base now demonstrates the correlation between social and emotional skills and academic attainment. Recent years have seen the emergence and/or expansion of a number of national and regional SEL initiatives in different parts of the world. Despite this, there are few, if any, opportunities for leaders, influencers, researchers and practitioners from different networks to share their insights and learning.  This program – the latest in Salzburg Global Seminar’s series on Education for Tomorrow’s World - connected key stakeholders across sectors, regions and cultures to share and critique a range of policies and practice, analyzing what has or has not worked in order to develop scalable recommendations for future educational reform. 

Salzburg Statement

Social and emotional skills are key human capabilities that allow individuals to manage their emotions, work with others, and achieve their goals. They are crucial for the wellbeing and success of every child and adult, and for the future of our societies and economies. 

In a complex, fast-moving world, it is imperative that we equip all learners for new challenges and opportunities. Evidence shows multiple long-term benefits from embedding Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities in education in both formal and non-formal contexts. SEL can contribute to more inclusive, dynamic and productive schools, communities and workplaces, and can in the long term save governments money and accelerate productivity.

We, the Salzburg Global Fellows from the December 2018 program Social and Emotional Learning: A Global Synthesis, believe that global and national education policies, practices and systems should put SEL at the center of “whole person” development from birth. 

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Jennifer Adams
Executive Committee Member, Karanga: The Global Alliance for SEL and Life Skills, Canada
Leyla Akoury-Dirani
Associate Professor, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon
Asmaa Alfadala
Director, Research & Content Dissemination, WISE
Carine Allaf
Senior Programs Advisor, Qatar Foundation International (QFI),USA
Oruba Al Musa
Chief of Education Programs, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Jordan
Ayla Bonfiglio
Principal and Founder, Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL Foundation), Netherlands
Marc Brackett
Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Claudia Brovetto
Cluster Lead, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, Plan Ceibal, Uruguay
Linda Brownlow
Head of School of Education, University of Strathclyde, UK
Esther Care
Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution, USA
Tonia Casarin
CEO & Founder, Fireworks Education, Brazil
Valeria Cavioni
Psychologist, Developmental and Educational Studies, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Carmel Cefai
Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta, Malta
Rio Cheung
Educational Psychologist, Education Bureau, China, Hong Kong SAR
María Cortelezzi
National Director, Evaluation of Educational Quality; Secretary of Educational Evaluation, Ministry of Education, Argentina
Mutlu Cukurova
Lecturer in Digital Technologies in Education, UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London, UK
Pedro Cunha
Deputy Director, Gulbenkian Program for Knowledge, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal
Rena Deitz
Technical Advisor, Education, International Rescue Committee, USA
Manjula Dissanayake
Founder, Educate Lanka, United States/Sri Lanka
Mia Doces
Vice President for Innovation, Committee for Children, USA
Gavin Dykes
Director, Education World Forum, UK
Sofia Frech
Coordinator, Ministry of Public Education, Mexico
Simone Gbolo
Executive Director, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program, University of Minnesota, USA
Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Director General, National Agency for Education, Finland
Mark Herbert
Director, Schools & Skills Programmes, British Council, UK
Joysy John
Director of Education, NESTA, UK
Patrick Kyllonen
Senior Research Director, Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA
Bruno Macedo
Project Manager, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Grace Maina
Senior Deputy Director, Curriculum and Research Services, Kenyan Institute for Curriculum Development, Kenya
Parag Mankeekar
Leader, RealLives, India
Simeon Mawanza
Grant Manager, Porticus, Kenya
Joanne McEachen
Global New Measures Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, USA
Sarah Mercer
Professor of Foreign Language Teaching, University of Graz, Austria
Heloisa Mesquita
Director, Diferente Consultoria, Brazil
Catherine Millett
Senior Research Scientist, ETS Policy Evaluation & Research Center, United States
Dr. Benito Mirón
Director General of International Relations, Secretariat of Public Education, Mexico
Koji Miyamoto
Senior Economist for Education Global Practice, World Bank, USA
Paolo Nardi
Head of Research, Cometa, Italy
Karen Niemi
President and CEO, CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, USA
Amie Njie
Senior Education Officer Life Skills Unit, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Gambia
Olena Orzhel
Education Reforms Office, Ministry of Education, Ukraine
Lorena Pacheco
Program Officer at the Club de Madrid, Spain
Riia Palmqvist
Counselor of Education, Ministry of Education, Finland
Louka Parry
Executive Committee Member, Karanga: The Global Alliance for SEL and Life Skills, Australia
Humberto Perez Leon Ibanez
Head of Learning Quality Measurement Office, Ministry of Education, Peru
Maria Poulou
Professor in Education Psychology, Patras University, Greece
Ian Rivers
Professor of Education for Social Change and Senior Vice Dean for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, UK
Emiliana Rodriguez
Co-Founder and Education Director, AttentaMente, Mexico
Sukhmani Sethi
Program Manager, Porticus, India
Shailendra Sharma
Principal Advisor to the Director of Education, Delhi Government, India
Mark Sparvell
Senior Education Leader, Microsoft, USA
Saran Stewart
Senior Lecturer for Comparative Higher Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Jina Sung
Director, Institute for Social-Emotional Learning in Korea, Republic of Korea
Vishal Talreja
Co-Founder, Dream a Dream, India
Winsome Waite
Vice President of Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education, USA
Dylan Wray
Director, Shikaya, South Africa
Kwiri Yang
Founder and CEO, LifeGyde, USA



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Blad, Evie. "Schools Should Teach (and Measure) 'Soft Skills,' Parents and Educators Agree." Blog. Education Week. August 2018. 

Brackett, Marc. "The Emotional Intelligence We Owe Students and Educators." Educational Leadership. 2018.

Brackett, Marc. Patti, Janet. "Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools." School Administrator. 2016.

Brackett, Marc. Rivers, Susan. Bertoli, Michelle. Salovey, Peter. "Emotional Intelligence." Handbook of Emotions. 2016.

Brackett, Marc. Dymnicki, Allison. Jones, Stephanie. Kidron,Yael. Osher, David. Weissberg, Roger. "Advancing the Science and Practice of Social and Emotional Learning: Looking Back and Moving Forward." Review of Research in Education, 40. 2016.

Cavioni, Valeria. Zanetti, Maria Assunta. Beddia, Giusy. Spagnolo, Mara Lupica. "Promoting Resilience: A European Curriculum for Students, Teachers and Families." 2018.

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Hart, Angie. Heaver, Becky. "Resilience Approaches to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health: Appraising the Evidence Base for Schools and Communities." University of Brighton/Boingboing. 2015.

Heinemeyer, Catherine. "Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school." Blog. The Conversation. 2018.

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McEachen, Joanne. Kane, Matthew. "Cultural Competency Rubric." The Learner First. 2018.

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McEachen, Joanne. Kane, Matthew. "Self Understanding Learning Progression." The Learner First. 2018.

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