Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

About the Academy

Our Mission:

Helping K-12 educators and administrators design, promote, and implement social-emotional learning (SEL) programs that strengthen the culture and climate of our schools, and ultimately improve children’s lives.



The Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools is a professional learning community and mentoring program led by experts in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL), school culture and climate (SCC), and character development (CD). The Academy is a collaboration between the College of Saint Elizabeth and Rutgers University, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Elias (Rutgers) and Dr. Patricia Heindel (CSE).pagebreak

Our faculty and mentors include highly experienced teachers, principals, district leaders, superintendents, and higher education professionals with significant experience implementing social-emotional learning and school culture and climate initiatives at the school and district level.

The Academy offers a fully online professional certificate from the College of Saint Elizabeth in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development. Participants in the certificate program benefit from exclusive access to our online professional learning community (PLC), which provides a wealth of resources for SEL and SCC professionals, including online forums on a variety of topics, access to our secure resource library, and access to our program mentors. Members can discuss current trends, explore the latest research, and find ongoing support and mentoring for implementing SEL-centered initiatives in K-12 schools and districts.


Certificate Programs

For School Leaders: The Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development adds Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Character Development (CD), and School Culture and Climate (SCC) to your portfolio of leadership skills.

For Classroom Teachers: We are offering a Certificate in Direct Instruction of Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development Interventions, with a focus on classroom, small-group, and after-school contexts. Registration and other information can be found at


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