The Key to High School SEL

Social & emotional learning at the high school level is a challenge. How do you create content that is engaging, relevant, and meets students where they are at? Join us to talk about SEL at the high school level, learn more about our approach to this work at large, and walk through a few sample lessons that have been student tested and approved.

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Houston Kraft


Houston is a speaker, author, and kindness advocate who has spoken at over 750 schools or events internationally. In 2016, he co-founded CharacterStrong - curricula and trainings that help teach social and emotional skills to over 10,000 schools globally across all 50 states and over 35 countries. In 2019, his face was featured on Lays BBQ chip bags as someone who helps “spread smiles.” In 2020, his first book Deep Kindness was published by Simon & Schuster. In 2023, Be Kind: A 52-Week Journal for Practicing Kindness was released. He has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Hallmark, Katie Couric, and more as an expert on developing a more empathetic, kind world. His mom is his hero and her best life lesson is to “hug like you mean it.”

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John Norlin


John Norlin is a Co-Founder of CharacterStrong, a Servant Leadership trainer, and motivational speaker. He was Advisor of the Year, taught 5 leadership classes per semester for 10 years at Sumner High, and was an Administrator for the Whole Child.

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