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Social-Emotional Learning Roundtable

June 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SEL event logoCrisis and conflict threaten children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. But there are solutions.

On June 1, 2018, ECCN convened a policy roundtable discussion, which took place at FHI360’s Academy Hall. The purpose was to develop recommendations on social-emotional learning (SEL) in crisis-affected context for the new United States’ international education strategy. This event brought together practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to discuss the current evidence, implementation challenges, promising approaches, and innovative SEL interventions. These discussions helped inform the U.S. government’s policy priorities and implementation guidance on how to best improve SEL outcomes for children in crisis.

Visual Event Notes

The SEL Event was captured by a graphic artist in these two wall panels. Presenter slides are posted below alongside a synthesis report.

SEL Roundtable Visual Notes

SEL Roundtable Visual Notes


SEL Roundtable Bios

Click for PDF of speaker bios

Resources for Attendees:

It would be helpful if all roundtable attendees were familiar with the following three resources:

Remote Participation Opportunities:

ECCN encouraged its members to take part in any of the following ways:

  • Follow the Twitter feed with the hashtag #SELinEiCC – we will tweet live from the event and encourage input via tweet from the CoP
  • Participate in the SEL online forum by sharing your thoughts and input in real time with the Roundtable working groups as they prepare the guidance for USAID
  • Read the blog post: Hau’wa’s Story: Social Emotional Learning Provides an Opportunity to Thrive in Conflict and Crisis
  • Access the PowerPoint slides from the roundtable now available at the top of this page
  • Read the final recommendations to USAID for the new U.S. Government International Basic Education Strategy now available at the top of this page

Additional Resources:


Time Session Speakers
8:15 – 9:00 Breakfast and Check-In  Provided by ECCN
9:00 Opening remarks Ana Flórez, Director Global Education at FHI 360

Nina Papadopoulos, Team Lead Education in Crisis and Conflict USAID E3

Julie Cram, Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance
9:30 Keynote Speaker Stephanie Jones, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Director of the EASEL Lab
9:55 Current International Guidance & Policy Recommendations Dean Brooks, INEE
10:15 Break Provided by ECCN
10:30 Expert Panel 1: Learning from Implementation and Research & Working Group Session Presenters:
Catherine Panter-Brick, Yale University
J. Lawrence Aber, NYU
Jennifer Sklar, IRC
Tia Kim, Committee for Children
Dana McCoy, HGSE


Paul Frisoli, FHI 360, and Susan Ayari, Creative Associates

1:00 Lunch  Provided by ECCN
2:00 Expert Panel 2: Measurement and M&E of SEL Interventions & Working Group Session Presenters:
Carina Omoeva, FHI 360
Lauren Pisani, Save the Chidren
Stephanie Jones, HGSE/EASEL


Silvia Diazgranados Ferrans, IRC

4:50 Synthesis & Closing Robert Burch, USAID Deputy Director, Office of Education
5:00 Reception Hosted by BEC – EICC Group, Creative and Mercy Corps

Event Sponsors

International Rescue Committee
Creative Associates International
Mercy Corps
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