SELW is a teacher-led network of training and curriculum experts focused on the academic, social, and emotional needs of educators and their students.
Rebuilding Our School Community
Learn about our professional-development program to help guide the re-opening of schools.
This day-long program is an eligible use of federal COVID-relief funds.
Who We Are
SELW is recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). With more than 20 collaborators, we have worked in most states and a dozen countries. Our team includes:
Dorothy Morelli, M.Ed., is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in elementary and secondary education. She trains superintendents, administrators, and teachers across the U.S. and around the world in SEL strategic planning and professional development. Dorothy co-founded CREATE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to evidence-based programs that support educator health and wellness. Earlier in her career, Dorothy worked as an educational coordinator at Vanderbilt University and as a teacher and coach in school systems in South Carolina and Tennessee. Dorothy holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University.
Denine Goolsby, M.Ed., is a career educator with more than 40 years of experience in elementary and middle education. Previously, Denine served as executive director of Humanware for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a major implementer of evidence-based SEL practices. In that role, she led efforts to create safe, supportive, and successful learning environments. During her career, Denine has worked as a teacher in the classroom, assistant principal, principal, regional superintendent, and academic coach, and she is a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., a professional organization of women in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Kent State University.
Dr. Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., is the Emeritus Edna Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, and Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University. A globally recognized SEL expert, Mark has studied SEL delivery across the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. He is a founding board member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and a recipient of the Society for Prevention Research’s Presidential Award. Mark founded CREATE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to evidence-based programs that support educator health and wellness. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
What We Do
Collectively, SELW collaborators bring decades of experience in social and emotional learning (SEL) — the process through which young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve goals. Our services include:
Delivering professional development and ongoing coaching — in-person and virtually — to implement new SEL programs with fidelity and maintain momentum in existing programs.
Developing new SEL programs based on competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Engaging states, local districts, schools, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders to promote effective SEL policies and practices.
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