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Center for Human and Social Development

Patricia Heindel, Ph.D.
Santa Rita Hall 409

Phone: (973) 290-4102

Academy for Social Emotional Learning in Schools

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Patricia Heindel, Ph.D., Dean and Director of the Center for Human and Social Development, has partnered with Maurice Elias, Ph.D. of Rutgers University on a project to create the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools for school professionals to develop the competencies designated as essential for successfully implementing social-emotional learning, character development, and positive culture and climate initiatives school-wide.

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 co-directed by Dr. Maurice Elias (Rutgers) and Dr. Patricia Heindel (SEU).

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 Saint Elizabeth University 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.

The project is being supported by a grant from NoVo Foundation which is committed to children's social emotional learning.

To learn more about the online certificate in Social and Emotional Learning, visit

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