National Panels of Youth and Families to Launch Calls to Action on What They Want From Schools

April 4, 2018

Statements to be released at public forum on Friday, April 6

Melissa Mellor
The Aspen Institute
202.736.3552 |

Washington, DC — Young people and parents from across the country will hold a forum on Friday, April 6 at 9:00 AM, to release statements sharing what they want for students and what they expect from their schools. The Youth and Family Calls to Action are an important piece in the Aspen Institute National Commision on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s ongoing effort to explore how best to connect social, emotional, and academic learning in classrooms across the country.

The Calls to Action, developed by the National Commission’s Youth Commission and Parent Advisory Panel, articulate the urgent need for schools and communities to support students’ comprehensive development. These documents are a crucial part of the Commission’s effort to draw from diverse perspectives as it outlines a roadmap to making social, emotional, and academic development part of the fabric of every school.

This event will provide an opportunity to hear directly from youth and parents about how they think schools and communities can enhance learning and prepare students for their futures. How can educators help young people feel safe? How must schools evolve to keep up with shifting technological and cultural norms? And how can parents and schools work together to support and educate the whole child?

Read more about the event and register to attend at:

WHAT: Release of the Youth and Family Calls to Action on social, emotional, and academic development in the nation’s schools.

WHO: In addition to panels of youth and parents, participants will include:

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe, Former Governor of Virginia
  • Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); Chairman, Special Olympics

Friday, April 6
9-11:45 a.m. EDT
Breakfast will be provided.

The Aspen Institute
2300 N St NW
Washington, DC 20037

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is engaging and energizing communities to re-envision what constitutes success in our schools. Scientific evidence demonstrates that social, emotional, and academic development are interconnected in the learning process. The Commission is drawing from research and promising practices to explore how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school. Building on existing work in schools, communities, and states across the country, the Commission is working to identify specific action steps in research, practice, and policy that will help shape and sustain an approach to education that reflects what we know about how learning happens. To learn more, visit and follow the Commission on Twitter at @AspenSEAD. 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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