How can federal policy support state efforts to foster positive youth skill development and overall mental health? The pre-K to Grade 12 education system has been tested in unprecedented ways over the past year, and educators, leaders, students, and their families have stepped up to the challenge in unique and innovative ways. One key lesson is the importance of centering education on social and emotional development and well-being to help students and adults navigate virtual and in-person learning, especially while working through trauma. In this briefing, students, members of Congress, and experts in child development will discuss the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) concepts and how they can be advanced through federal policy.




  • David Adams, Chief Executive Officer, The Urban Assembly
  • Nick Yoder, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Harmony SEL/National University
  • Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, USC Rossier School of Education
  • Jordan Posamentier, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Committee for Children
  • Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9)