Tom Roderick Receives CASEL Award

Morningside Center's executive director is recognized for his contributions to the field of social and emotional learning. 

CASEL awardees Tom Roderick and Joan Duffell


Tom Roderick, Morningside Center’s executive director, received the Mary Utne O’Brien Award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in Chicago on April 30, 2018. The award recognizes “excellence in expanding the evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning” (SEL).

CASEL recognized Tom for helping to establish several of the nation’s leading SEL programs, and for collaborating with researchers to contribute to the field and establish the positive impact of SEL.  CASEL also recognized Joan Duffell, executive director of the Committee for Children (pictured with Tom above), and honored the memory Michelle Van Allen, the inspiring principal of Chicago’s Marcus Garvey Elementary School.

“I’m thrilled to receive this award from our wonderful colleagues at CASEL, who have done so much to build the movement to make social and emotional learning a part of every child’s education,” said Tom.