Social-Emotional Learning Summit

Trail at SCICON

Saturday, May 4, 2024

SCICON - 41569 Bear Creek Drive, Springville, CA

Join the TCOE team, along with Culter-Orosi student leaders, to:

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

Prepare to spend the day connecting to self, connecting to others, connecting to nature.

Schedule of the Day 
8:15 - 9:00 am - Participant Check-In begins
9:00 - 9:50 am - Welcome & Morning Content
9:50 - 10:00 am - Transition
10:00 - 11:15am - Morning Breakout Adventures
11:15 - 11:55 am - Lunch
11:55 am - 12:00 pm - Transition
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Afternoon Breakout Adventures
1:00 - 1:05 pm - Transition
1:05 - 1:35 pm - Restorative Circle
1:35 - 1:55 pm - Spotlight Stories/Networking
1:55 - 2:00 pm - Transition
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Closing Content

Breakouts: Choose Your Own Adventure

Session Name:



Art of the LandscapeKate Stover

Join us to explore and enjoy nature through art making 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 ServicePeter Martinez

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 and planting new trees in the tree nursery.

Bird WatchingPeter Martinez

This walk will be taken at a relaxing speed and will take place on even terrain throughout as we will remain within the campus area.

Mindfulness 101Meade Williams

From the Ground Up: Integrating Mindfulness Practice into daily life one step at a time! This adventure is an opportunity to practice, process, and plan for making meaningful connections with self, others, and our shared world. Utilizing curriculum from Mindful Schools together with yoga based Mindfulness in Movement lessons by Jennifer Cohen Harper, together we will explore pathways for deepening our communities well of resilience through Mindfulness Based SEL.

Positive ImageryGreg Salcedo, Venciao LopezPositive visualization is the practice of using mental imagery to attune yourself to your desired outcomes and goals by imagining yourself achieving them. Potential benefits of visualizing positive imagery include improved motivation, confidence, and resilience in overcoming challenges. Participates will have hands-on experience to practice art-based positive visualization.
Resilience BreakthroughRene SolisWe can each learn how to use tough situations as potential fuel for overcoming life’s hardships. With the Resiliency breakthrough we are going to focus on four essential forms of resiliency: Relational Resilience, Street Resilience, Resource Reliance, Rock Bottom Resilience. We will practice through interactive activities.
Social-Emotional RegulationRene SolisSocial emotional regulation is one of the key factors in turning bad situations into positive ones. Helping to Identify what the true emotional triggers are, we can begin to walk back over reactions and regulate emotionally in a new way. With activity-based learning we can start to give ourselves examples of how this works.
Trail #1 - Soda Springs BridgeHollySoda Springs Bridge (Easy & Low Impact) This trail consists of fairly flat terrain and is rated a 4 out of 10 range difficulty.
Trail #2 - Dark GuldgeTysonDark Guldge (Medium Difficulty) This trail includes some hills and more rugged terrain and is rated a 7 out of 10 difficulty.
Trail #3 - Dean Man's FallsRickDead Man's Falls (High Difficulty) This trail includes uneven terrain and is rated an 8 out of 10 difficulty.


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

Registration Questions:
Cesar Balboa | (559) 302-3639

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.