Start Your SEL Journey with CATCH's new K-12 SEL Program


The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

SEL Journeys provides age-differentiated lessons aligned to the CASEL Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning. The K-12 program uses movement and cultural learning to teach and reinforce SEL concepts via a highly engaging digital platform. SEL Journeys can be used as a stand-alone program, but together with CATCH you have a one-stop solution to support kids’ physical and mental health.


  • Learn about the SEL Journeys Program and how to implement it
  • Review foundational knowledge about SEL
  • Explore how to reinforce key SEL ideas throughout the week
  • Learn how SEL Journeys can be a spring board for creativity and peer relationships



Through a partnership with Michigan Health Endowment Fund, CATCH Global Foundation (CGF) is looking for 12 schools in Michigan to implement SEL Journeys this school year at no cost to the school. CGF is also looking for additional schools throughout the country that are interested in piloting the program  and are willing to participate in some very basic program evaluation and data collection. Please reach out to Abby Rose [email protected] for more information. 


Abby Rose


Abby Rose joined CATCH Global Foundation as a Program Manager in 2016. She is responsible for developing and disseminating CATCH’s early childhood and school whole child programs. In addition to her work at CATCH, Abby has been a national trainer for SHAPE America’s Let’s Move! Active Schools Physical Activity Leadership initiative as well as a member of the SHAPE America Physical Activity Council. Previously, Abby was a School Wellness Specialist in the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Her main areas of focus were Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming (CSPAP) and early childhood wellness. Abby was the founding PE teacher and Director of Health and Wellness at Namaste Charter School, a national model of school wellness as a vehicle for student success on the southwest side of Chicago. Abby lives in Chicago and enjoys dancing and staying active with her two young daughters.


Margot Toppen


Margot Toppen is a visionary leader who works at the intersection of SEL, arts, and physical education. In 2006, Margot developed Dancing with Class, now a highly sought-after program serving hundreds of schools each year. This paved the way for the development of EduMotion: SEL Journeys, a digital platform that delivers an SEL-themed movement curriculum inspired by world cultures. Margot is a dynamic presenter who frequently appears at conferences related to SEL, arts, and physical education. A graduate of Northwestern University, she recently completed Kellogg’s Non-Profit Executive Scholars program, with a focus on innovation and leadership.

With a dedication to collective impact, Margot is a founding member of CASEL’s SEL Providers Council and SHAPE America’s Task Force for SEL in Health and Physical Education. She has also served on the Partnerships and Professional Learning Panel for Ingenuity, a leader in arts education advocacy and research. In 2019, she co-presented with Ingenuity at CASEL’s inaugural SEL Exchange. In a past life, Margot worked as a multimedia content producer, and she has enjoyed putting some of those skills back to use with the launch of SEL Journeys.


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