SAM Committees

SAM Committees are formed through and by the initiatives of its members. If you have an idea for a committee, SAM will release an email to our over 850 members to see if there are others with similar interests.

Steering Committee, chaired by Fern Shamis, Assistant Director of Lesson One, has it’s next meeting scheduled for March 9, 2015 at Teachers21 at 34 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. If you have questions, please contact Fern Shamis (

Educator Event Committee, chaired by John D’Auria, CEO of Teachers21, develops and operates our conferences. Our Fourth Annual Conference will be held on May 27, 2015 in Great Hall at the State House in Boston. Nova Biro of Open Circle and Mitch Lyons of are chairing the event. If you have questions, please contact Annemarie Goode (

Public Policy and Advocacy By selecting the State House as the site of our 4th annual conference, we hope to highlight SEL in the eyes of legislators, policymakers and the general public.  If you have questions, please contact Mitch Lyons (

Business Involvement Working Group, chaired by David Harris and John Bluthardt, has filed for 501 (c) (3) status from the federal government. It already is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation. They will develop strategies to involve Massachusetts businesses in seeing the benefits that will accrue to businesses by having SEL training for all children. If you have any questions, please contact John Bluthardt (

Massachusetts Consortium for Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Education (SEL-TED), chaired by Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Ed.D. and businessman David Zussman, is advocating for more substantive integration of SEL research/practice into teacher preparation programs.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Donahue-Keegan (

The Website Design Group is involved in improving the website to make it more user friendly and dynamic. We are currently seeking to fill a paid internship position for website development. If you have questions, please Mitch Lyons (

Family and Community Committee of SAM, chaired by Karen Craddock and Margaret Kiwanuka, is aimed at exploring and advancing our understanding, practice and engagement with families and community partners around social-emotional learning. With an emphasis on convening a diverse body, the plan is to support and deepen our strategies in participatory and culturally responsive and fluent ways across the state and in partnership with other SEL related activities. To join this committee, write

SEL Speakers’ Bureau, chaired by Mitch Lyons, has twenty-two speakers from all over Massachusetts, who have volunteered to be speakers at PTSO’s, houses of worship, associations, business groups, anti-violence and anti-addiction noprofits, social justice and civil rights organizations. Please contact us if you know of audiences who would like to plan a speaker at

School-based Mental Health Service Providers Committee. This yet convened committee would examine the role of school-based mental health service providers in advancing SEL throughout the schools. If you would like to chair this committee, please write to Mitch Lyons (