State of the Field 2024: Accelerating the 30-Year Movement for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

In the three decades since CASEL established the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), research has flourished, implementation has accelerated, and demand has hit all-time highs. But in 2024, we face new urgency and new challenges surrounding young people’s learning and well-being. In the decades to come, SEL will also play an increasingly important role in preparing all children for their futures. These demands will call on our field to bolster the evidence, strengthen implementation quality, and align policy conditions to support the social, emotional, and academic growth of every young person.

Watch the recording of Dr. Timothy Shriver and Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel as they reflect on how three decades of the SEL movement has shaped the current educational landscape — and set the vision for the coming years.

Recommended for: education organization leaders, community partners, policy influencers, and district and school leaders.


Keynote Speakers

    • Aaliyah A. Samuel

      Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel is the President and CEO of CASEL and Senior Fellow, Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child. 

      Dr. Samuel is a bilingual executive leader with expertise from early childhood through higher education. Dr. Samuel previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Local, State and National Engagement at the U.S. Department of Education and former Executive Vice President of Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA. She has informed state policy agendas, assisted with developing cross systems approaches to develop policy solutions to support children and families and leading systems-level change. In her role at NWEA, she led a team working on driving a state and federal education agenda. Prior to NWEA, Dr. Samuel was the Director of Education at the National Governors Association (NGA), supporting high-ranking state officials on the development of policies that impacted health, education, and workforce. In every role, she works with diverse constituents, philanthropies, national and international partners.

      As a leading voice in education, she has testified before Congress and has been quoted in Bloomberg, Education Week, U.S. News, and the Washington Post on various education topics, and featured on network segments such as Univision, NBC and CNN. Dr. Samuel presents at numerous education conferences and convenings nationally, internationally and is seen as a global leader.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University, a Masters from University of South Florida, and a Specialist and Doctorate Degree from NOVA Southeastern.

    • Timothy P. Shriver

      Timothy Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics and in that capacity, he happily serves together with over four million Special Olympics athletes in 170 countries, all working to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports.

      Before joining Special Olympics in 1996, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He was a co-founder of CASEL, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-executive director of WPP plc.

      He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Catholic University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced four films, written for dozens of newspapers and magazines, founded an ice cream company, and been rewarded with degrees and honors which he said he didn’t deserve but happily accepted on behalf of others.

      He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Linda and their five children.

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