Eastern Michigan's Bright Futures Presents:

3rd Annual Youth Development Conference

Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality invite you the the 3rd Annual IDEAS TO ACTION conference!  This year, we will focus on Social Emotional Learning, the research, practice and context in which we can do this work.  Let’s work together to bring best practices in SEL into the educational community.





















An Unconference is scheduled for the afternoon. This format allows for flexibility and participant control – ensuring that your questions, interests, and needs are met. Finally, we’ll end the day together in our Conference Café, a great opportunity to network and enjoy snacks and beverages donated by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. We hope to see you there!


SCECHs will be available.


Download a free copy of “Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social & Emotional Learning” by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the page to "Download now". Print versions will also be available at the conference for $10.


Register now!

Click here for single tickets

For group sales, please contact Scott Teasdale at steasdal@emich.edu


Want to start following the movement now?

What’s your idea of a “brave space” in the classroom, work space, at home?

Share them with us on the Bright Futures Facebook page here.

Use the hashtags #:   #bravespaces, #SocialEmotionalLearning, #truEMU,

#Ypsilanti, #EMUBF


Are you unable to attend the Conference but would still like to support the work of Bright Futures?
Click here to make a much appreciated donation.

The morning will begin with a Keynote Story Slam where speakers will share about times they’ve created or experienced “brave spaces” around SEL and lessons they’ve learned. This Slam will be followed by workshop sessions specifically designed for:


 • K-12 educators and administrators

 • Out-of-school time staff and administrators

 • Higher education professionals including teacher educators

 • Pre-service teachers

 • Community and nonprofit partners


Workshop topics (you pick two!) will include:

 • SEL 101/102: Introduction to Social Emotional Learning and the State of SEL Research

 • SEL Basic Toolkit for the Classroom or Youth Program

 • SEL College Professor Basics

 • CYPQ Emotion Management and Empathy Module

 • Project-Based Learning and SEL

 • Low Stakes?  High Stakes? Right Stakes

 • Design Thinking around Brave Spaces

 • SEL as a Bridge Between the School Day and After School Programs

"Incorporating deliberate practices that embed SEL content in our afterschool program experiences has energized our staff while supporting youth in becoming independent, thoughtful, empathic, reflective, engaged, and skilled leaders and team-members.   In fact, SEL has made us all better learners, teammates, and citizens, adults and students alike."
-Dr. Lynn Malinoff, Director, Bright Futures

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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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