SEL Academy

The SEL Academy provides school leaders, faculty, and staff with the resources to support students in the work of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), with a particular emphasis on how SEL can be adapted to meet the needs of the current moment. 

At a Glance

10 Month Program

Hybrid Format

Professional Development Credits


Based on CASEL’s core competency areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, alongside Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, participants in the SEL  Academy will learn to:

  • Articulate a purpose and rationale for SEL in which they develop a shared understanding and vision for Tier 1 SEL in their school community
  • Assess current SEL practices in their school community utilizing an SEL asset-based inventory
  • Set goals and develop a roadmap for implementation within the school community
  • Adapt SEL, to meet the needs of their individual school community
  • Attend to community-family engagement by developing an SEL improvement plan that engages all stakeholders to support student social-emotional health and well-being
  • Create a community of Catholic educators who dialogue with expert leaders and teachers with demonstrated commitment to SEL

Academy Information



The SELebrate Students Academy is designed for elementary Catholic school teachers and leaders.

2022-2023 Dates

  • The program begins August 1-2, 2022, with an in-person seminar at Boston College from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days.
  • In October / November / February / March, participants participate in one-hour virtual webinars.
  • In September / January, participants receive in-person customized coaching and professional development at their school. (In-person coaching and professional development for schools outside of New England will depend on coach availability.)
  • The program concludes with an in-person seminar in Spring 2023. Dates to be determined.

REGISTER for the SELebrate Students Academy or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at


Year 1:

The cost is $7,500 for a team of three leaders / teachers per school. Schools may add more teachers for an additional $2,500 per person. First-year participants receive:

  • a two-day in-person seminar at Boston College, August 1-2, 2022;
  • virtual webinars in October, November, February, and March;
  • in-personal customized coaching and professional development in September and January (subject to coach availability for participants outside of New England); and
  • a concluding two-day in-person seminar at Boston College, Spring 2023 (dates and times to be determined).


Year 2:

The second year of the program is optional and includes ongoing coaching for schools that have completed year 1 of the program. Schools that register for a second year are charged $5,000 for ongoing monthly coaching and professional development support.


REGISTER for the SELebrate Students Academy or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at


Registration is limited to 15 schools per year.

The deadline to register is July 1 of each year.



Contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at

Facilitator: Molly McMahon, Ph.D.

Molly McMahon

The SELebrate Students Social Emotional Learning Academy is facilitated by Dr. Molly McMahon, director of Leadership Programs at the Roche Center. Molly has more than 20 years of administrative experience in Catholic and public schools, and has served as a teacher-leader and principal. Most recently, Molly was instrumental in helping Chelmsford Public Schools facilitate SEL effectively in all schools as approved Tier 3 SEL sites. Molly holds a doctorate in K-12 administration from Boston College.

Social and emotional health impacts how students engage and learn.

The SELebrate Students Academy provides educators with the tools to ensure that students feel safe and seen, which increases prosocial behavior, academic achievement, and greater overall success and enjoyment in learning and in life.