Social-Emotional Learning Summit

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First Social-Emotional Learning Summit 2023 was a Success

The summit was designed as an intergenerational conference where both students and educators from throughout the county shared how they were increasing SEL opportunities at their school sites.

Orosi High School students, trained in the Youth Equity Stewardship (YES) program, led much of the morning session. Prior to the summit, YES founders Benjie Howard and Wade Antonio Colwell worked with Orosi students over the course of the school year, empowering them to be positive change agents on their campus.

After the opening presentations, students and educators were free to choose an outdoor adventure, each designed to promote mindfulness. Attendees participated in yoga, took time to draw the SCICON landscape, went on hikes, or visited the mindfulness room.

Following lunch, school teams shared what they are doing to promote social emotional learning on their campuses.

Farmersville Middle School has created homerooms for their students – places where social emotional learning can take place. In the future, the district will create homerooms in which students will be a part of all four years of high school.

Burton School District empowers students to create their own clubs and to lead assemblies. Throughout the district, college and career concepts are introduced starting in elementary school.

Oak Valley Union School shared how their student advisory group meets with Superintendent Heather Pilgrim to discuss their needs on campus and the school’s new grants.

Oak Valley Union meeting

Lisa Lemus, the SEL Summit coordinator, reports that the committee will announce a date for the 2024 summit on its webpage ( by June 1, 2023. Schools interested in participating in a future SEL Summit, the YES program, or other youth empowerment work are encouraged to contact Lisa Lemus at

Photos above:
~ Students from Orosi High School helped lead the opening session of the SEL Summit. The students prepared for their role as part of the empowerment work of the Youth Equity Stewardship program, led by co-founder Wade Antonio Colwell (right).

~ Following the opening session, participants embarked on a variety of outdoor adventures designed to promote mindfulness.

~ Heather Pilgrim, superintendent of Oak Valley Union School, leads an advisory council meeting with students from her school. 

Article from TCOE's News Gallery on May 10, 2023. 

Social-Emotional Learning Summit 2023

Trail at SCICONWelcome to an educational conference experience like no other!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

SCICON - 41569 Bear Creek Drive, Springville, CA

Technical Outcomes: 

  • Imagine ways to elevate student voices and design school systems together with our kids, families, and communities
  • Learn strategies and approaches for how to connect kids and families to school 
  • Hear stories of what is working from teams across the county

Experiential Outcomes:

  • Connect to self
  • Connect to others
  • Connect to nature

Schedule of the Day 
7:30 a.m. - Registration opens
8:30 a.m. - Morning Keynote
10:15 a.m. - Choose your Morning Adventure 
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
12:30 p.m. - Poster Sessions 
1:30 p.m. - Afternoon SEL Competency Breakouts
2:45 p.m. - Closing
3:45 p.m. - Leave SCICON inspired and ready with the next steps

Guest Speakers:
Youth Equity Stewardship Founders
Benji Howard & Wade Antonio Colwell
with Orosi High School student leaders

Lunch Included (Food Trucks on site):
- Mama Rita's Kitchen
- Big Papas Wood Fired Pizza 
- And more!

Breakouts: Choose Your Own Adventure

Session Name:



Art of the LandscapeKate Stover


Join us to explore and enjoy nature through creating art and self-expression. Create your own sketch or nature drawing while experiencing the beautiful setting of SCICON. This session will require some walking over uneven surfaces.

Acts of ServiceSCICON Staff


This adventure allows participants to offer gratitude for mother earth and all she gives by helping her out with seasonal-specific needs! These acts of service could include activities like habitat restoration to support native plants that are vital to the animal population, rescuing and relocating salamanders if the water levels are presenting dangerous levels, and planting new trees in the tree nursery.

Dark GultchTrail SCICON Trail Guide #3


Wear your hiking shoes and join us on one of the most difficult trails. You will overcome very uneven terrain with some steep points – rated a 7 out of 10 range of difficulty. Connect with yourself, others, and nature as we take in these beautiful sights and engage in some deep self-reflection. (approx 1 mile)

Enchanted Forest Trail
SCICON Trail Guide #2


Wear your hiking shoes and join us on the trail for some moderate hills and more rugged terrain – rated a 6 out of 10 range of difficulty. Connect with yourself, others, and nature as we take in these beautiful sights and engage in some deep self-reflection. (approx 1 mile)

From Surviving to Thriving
Jared Marr


We will explore group behavior and its impact on survival. You will participate in a simulation, collect data, and engage in sense-making. Additionally, we will participate in three-dimensional (3D) learning while reflecting on SEL competencies.

Imagine your own world with Dungeons and DragonsTimothy Budz


The fantasy role-playing game’s mix of storytelling, strategy, and teamwork makes it a powerful tool for building social-emotional skills and creating compelling stories. In this session, we will explore aspects of your personality to develop characters, use the hero’s journey to write backstories, decide how your character would react to narrative scenarios, and contrast with other characters to discover their differences. Free resources for schools will be shared. Come and create with us! Prior experience with Dungeons & Dragons is not required.

MindfulnessBreanna Hamilton


Mindfulness helps us to stay centered and increase awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and environment. Research shows that incorporating mindfulness into the school curriculum can significantly increase student engagement and promote a positive learning environment. In this session, we will practice mindfulness to empower you to use it in your day-to-day life to reduce stress, manage emotional reactions, and increase school/job satisfaction.

Self-Care in ActionYazmin Prado


The field of helping others in any capacity can be taxing to our mind, body, and soul. It is imperative for anyone who works in a helping profession to develop a balanced routine that promotes mental and physical well-being in one's own life. This session will help individuals to recognize the importance of self-care and develop self-care strategies to enable them to continue being helpful to others.

Soda Springs Trail SCICON Trail Guide #1


Wear your most comfortable walking shoes and join us on the trail for this fairly flat terrain – rated a 4 out of 10 range of difficulty. Connect with yourself, others, and nature as we take in these beautiful sights and engage in some deep self-reflection. (approx 1 mile)

Yoga on the Deck - Mentally Strong with STRONGElle Gatto, Grace Konig, Tina Guzman


Stress management through movement with STRONG Academy student instructors. Learn how stress and anxiety impact the body, and experience the positive effect that simple movements can do to help with focusing and connecting the mind, body and spirit. In this session you will learn how movement can help improve overall physical and mental health, improve strength, improve self-regulation, increase acceptance of self and others and much more.


Event Questions:
Lisa Lemus | (559) 302-3629

Registration Questions:
Maura Sánchez | (559) 302-3642