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July 24, July 31, & August 8, 2020: Whole Child, Whole Day: Heart, Mind & Body – A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium 

POSTED ON July 7, 2020
Join us July 24, July 31, and August 7 for our 2020 WCWD SEL Symposium!


Whole Child, Whole Day: Heart, Mind & Body 
A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium 

Update 7/18/20: For a look at the workshop descriptions and speaker bios, click here to see the full schedule.
Update 8/31/20: Check out this 2020 Post-Event Summary: Whole Child, Whole Day: Heart, Mind, & Body.

Join us for a virtual learning journey for educators and youth development professionals to strengthen their individual and collective capacity to create equity-based learning environments that support the whole child, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region. The symposium includes live plenaries, workshops, and community building sessions offered virtually across three Fridays, July 24, July 31, and August 7, 9 AM – 1:00 PM (with breaks in between sessions). Most sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants through the month of August.

Thank you to our sponsors, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Kaiser Permanente; this event would not be possible without their generous support! Sponsored by Seattle Public Schools for Washington State Clock Hours and in partnership with School’s Out Washington to offer STARS Credits to eligible attendees.


Symposium Learning Objectives:

Building Content Knowledge 

  • Understand and articulate the value of social & emotional learning to youth success in and outside of school  
  • Understand the role social & emotional learning can play in racial equity within learning environments and systems 

Improving Adult Practices  

  • Identify and elevate practices from our region that cultivate a whole child approach across the whole day  
  • Identify and practice techniques to support each other in improving our social & emotional skills and addressing our identity-related biases 

Strengthening Our Cross-Sector Community  

  • Network, share perspectives and expertise, and cultivate relationships and partnerships within and across sectors  


2020 Symposium Themes: 

July 24 – Heart: What does it look like to ground ourselves with practices rooted in self-love? When we model self-awareness and critical self-reflection, engage in individual and collective healing, and reflect on our social identities, we strengthen our capacity to support young people and our colleagues in their own social and emotional health and skill development.

July 31 Mind: How do we create learning environments that center racial equity and a sense of belonging to value, engage, and develop the whole child? By centering relationships and honoring each young person’s strengths and stories through culturally responsive and trauma informed practices, we can create spaces that inspire young people to challenge themselves to learn and grow.

August 7 – Body: What does it mean to engage in individual and collective action to build environments and shift systems that lead to equitable outcomes, particularly for our black and brown youth? When we commit to actionable strategies that propel our bodies into motion, we will cultivate a whole child, whole day ecosystem where all youth thrive.    

Each event day will have the following schedule:

  • 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM: Opening Plenary & Keynote
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Workshops (4 to choose from)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Community Building Closing Plenary


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Here is a sneak peak of our 2020 Symposium Presenters!

We’re excited to announce details for the opening plenaries and workshops, including:

Accessibility Information for this year’s virtual event is also available.

For more information on past Symposia, check out these resources: