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SEL, Social Action, Civility and Youth Purpose

October 30th at 1:00 pm EST

This webinar is part of Rethink Ed's SEL Expert Webinar Series

Resilience is more than a set of SEL skills—it is sustained by a sense of positive purpose, a belief in something beyond oneself, and an appreciation of the role of others in one’s life.  This webinar will show how to bring these additional dimensions to SEL work in your classroom, focusing on helping students articulate their Laws of Life and sense of purpose and learning how to use their SEL skills to take action around issues, problems, and causes they care about.

About the Presenter

Dr. Maurice Elias

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is a professor and former director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers University. He is also director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (, academic director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service ( and founding member of the Leadership Team for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Dr. Elias lectures nationally and internationally and devotes his research and writing to the area of social-emotional and character development in children, schools, and families. He is a licensed psychologist and writes a blog on social-emotional and character development for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Ellen, near their children and grandchildren. Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D Professor of Psychology at Rutgers., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D Director for Center of Child and Family development are the authors of several books including: Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.