Social Emotional Learning: The LI SEL Forum


Social Emotional Learning: The LI SEL Forum

The LI SEL Forum (LI SELF) is dedicated to helping schools create a positive climate while fostering the development of social and emotional skills for adults and students.  

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Comment by Joan Fretz on January 26, 2024 at 11:35am

Post your school mental health & wellness initiatives

on the new

LI Creating Well-Being Sharing Site

Long Island schools and mental health organizations have made a long-standing commitment to addressing the mental health and well-being of our students, staff members, caregivers, and community members.

In 2021, the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents’ Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee created a comprehensive guide for school leaders and their mental health teams.

In an effort to share ideas and successful practices, we are now developing the

LI Creating

Well-Being Sharing Site,

and welcome submissions from Long Island schools and mental health organizations working with schools.

Initiatives are organized into 5 categories that align with the 2021 Nassau County Mental Health and Wellness Strategic Plan (Guide):

  • School Mental Wellness Leadership Teams
  • Staff Mental Wellness and Social Emotional Literacy Interventions in Schools with Students
  • Home Engagement
  • Community-Based Partnerships

View the Sharing Site and Learn How to Submit YOUR Mental Wellness Initiatives

Direct Link to

Creating Well-Being Sharing Site:

The Sharing Site Editors are available to speak with you about your initiatives prior to submitting your form. We are also willing to provide brief group Sharing Site presentations in-person or online, at your convenience. Contact us at:

Comment by Joan Fretz on December 28, 2015 at 8:43pm

The Long Island Social Emotional Literacy Forum has joined forces with the International Alliance for Invitational Education,  providing workshops on positive school climate topics on Long Island and sharing information about positive climate strategies in schools around the world.  Please join our new Invitational Education group on School Leadership2.0 to learn more.

Comment by Payal Mahajan on May 6, 2013 at 12:10am

Saw this today...rang a bell!! Educators must build relationship, with students, with each other and stay relevant and powerful.

Comment by Cecile Wren on April 7, 2013 at 8:56am

Thank you Mike for always keeping us current - SEL is the framework that provides schools with the strategies and competencies to meet the guidelines set forth for SEL, Ant-bullying and DASA. 

Comment by Joan Fretz on February 27, 2013 at 4:54pm

I'm excited to announce the LI Lions Quest Initiative! 

Distinguish your school community by creating a pro-active, positive school climate with
 The LI Lions Quest Initiative! 
 March 12th, Adelphi University, Garden City
March 15th, Western Suffolk BOCES, Wheatley Heights
8:30 am - 9:45 am
- Attend a FREE interest meeting to learn how to meet the Dignity Act K-12 instruction requirement with the effective and sequential Lions Quest program.  This K-12 research based, CASEL "SELECT" program fosters civility, citizenship and character education through social and emotional skill building, bully and substance abuse prevention and service-learning activities.  These key elements of positive youth development create a truly safe and supportive learning environment and may be infused easily into any academic or health curriculum. 
-The interest meetings will provide an opportunity to preview the Lions Quest K-12 SEL curriculum and learn about the Spring and Fall teacher training sessions.   Schools that send 5 or more participants to the Spring training sessions (May 1 or June 14 at WS BOCES) will receive priority consideration for a generous Lions Club grant that will provide training and materials at a substantially reduced cost.  (BOCES funds may be used for the training.)  All schools on Long Island are invited to apply.
If you plan to attend one of the FREE March interest meetings, please respond to Joan Fretz at and include your name, position, school, email address and which session (March 12th or 15th) you would like to attend.  Feel free to contact Joan for further information.
March 12th:  Adelphi University University Center: 8:30 am - 9:45 pm
South Street, Garden City, NY: University Center, Room 211 
March 15th: Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center:  8:30 am - 9:45 am 
31 Lee Avenue (off Bagatelle Rd,) Wheatley Heights, NY  11798 

Comment by Robin Sampson on September 28, 2012 at 10:35pm

Hi Joan!  I like the concept of LI SELF.  EI training is very important in schools.  Having been an educator and staff developer for a number of years, I noticed that there was a lack of professional development for teachers and administrators on this topic.  It is so true that we, as teachers and administrators, model behavior that can be duplicated in our classrooms and schools.  For this reason, it is important that we are aware of how we treat each other.  Students observe our behavioral responses first.  Such observation gives one license to duplicate positive or negative behavior patterns.  I'm curious to learn who else on Leadership 2.0 has implemented EI into their monthly professional development?

Robin Sampson / First Circle Leaders /

Comment by Rina Beach on July 14, 2011 at 7:22pm
Thanks to Joan's enthusiasm for SEL, our middle school just finished our first year of a school wide SEL program. We began by forming a committee and instituting weekly Second Step lessons for all students. In grades 7 & 8, the lessons were taught in SS and next year they will be taught in science. Upon reflection, we would like to move forawrd so that all disciplines incorporate more of the SEL themes into their lesson plans. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Rina Beach - Lawrence Middle School
Comment by Joan Fretz on March 6, 2011 at 12:35am

LI SELF is pleased to participate on the new School Leadership 2.0 site.  We look forward to connecting with new friends and welcome your questions and ideas for discussion topics.

The LI SEL Forum (LI SELF) is dedicated to sharing information about social and emotional learning (SEL) for both students and school adults.   SEL skills include recognizing and managing emotions, caring about others, making good decisions, developing positive relationships and avoiding negative behaviors. Research shows that sequential, direct instruction in SEL also improves academic achievement.

A positive and intentionally inviting school climate is an essential component of  a successful SEL initiative.  School adults must be able to model the skills and mindsets that we want our students to understand and practice.  Positive school climates are created by adults who intentionally model optimism, trust, respect and care in their words and actions.  They believe all students are able, valuable and capable of being responsible and provide opportunities for students to realize their full potential.

LI SELF provides educators with information, techniques and strategies for creating optimal learning experiences for all students.  As our name suggests,  topics include a deeper understanding of SELF Concept and its role in mindset, motivation, effort and choices of behavior. 

We believe that learning about the SELF is just as important as learning about curriculum.  In the months ahead we will be helping schools develop a proactive, rather than reactive plan for the "Dignity for All Students" Act, which all NY State schools must have in place by July 2012.  We welcome your participation. Dignity%20for%20All%20Students%20Act.DOC

Comment by Nicole Schimpf on January 18, 2011 at 11:24am
I am very interested in this topic. I recently attended a conference on " Habits of Mind" which aligned nicely to SEL.
Comment by Angela M. DeLessio on May 3, 2008 at 7:21pm
Hi Joan and other members! What a terrific idea, Joan, staring an SEL group on the school leadership site! I am also looking forward to attending the forum on May 12th!

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