About Meaghan Dunham

Meaghan is the Marketing Coordinator for Aperture Education, LLC. With over 8 years experience in public and private school settings, Meaghan brings a unique perspective to the Aperture team.
12 04, 2018

SEL Goals for IEPs

By | 2018-04-13T14:03:50+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Social and Emotional Goals for IEPs: Why They Are Important and How to Write Them   It’s no secret that students with disabilities can struggle socially and have difficulty managing their emotions. Sometimes these deficits can impact their ability to learn and thrive in the classroom and beyond. Since 1975, schools have used Individualized Education [...]

22 03, 2018

[Student Activity] Teach Students Problem-Solving Skills with SEL

By | 2018-04-04T18:49:42+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

We make decisions every day. We set goals, encounter challenges, and find ways to work through obstacles toward a solution. Some problems are easy, like deciding what color shirt to wear. Other problems are more complex and require deeper problem-solving skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2018 survey, problem-solving [...]

15 03, 2018

4 Reasons to Start the School Day with Morning Meetings

By | 2018-03-12T16:15:34+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Have you considered implementing morning meetings in your school or class? You should. Schools benefit from this practice in many ways. The quick, 20-minute sessions strengthen the teacher-student connection; reduce bullying, absences, and behavior incidents; and improve school culture. Here are the four key components of morning meetings and ways meetings reinforce social and emotional [...]

22 02, 2018

How are States Incorporating SEL into their ESSA Frameworks?

By | 2018-02-15T19:57:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

How States are Incorporating SEL into their ESSA Frameworks — Part Two The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides valuable funding opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL), and states are prioritizing SEL in different ways. This week we are looking at how three states — Colorado, Kansas, and Pennsylvania — are embedding SEL into [...]

15 02, 2018

Take Action! Use SEL Data to Create Tailored Interventions

By | 2018-02-14T14:31:46+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

We all know the saying: What’s assessed gets addressed. Social and emotional learning (SEL) data gives educators critical insight into why a student is struggling — information that traditional measures alone, such as attendance and behavior incidents, don’t provide. Take action on your SEL data by using it to identify students who need additional supports, [...]

8 02, 2018

Meeting ESSA Title IV Requirements with the DESSA

By | 2018-02-07T15:35:18+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

Meet ESSA Title IV SEL Requirements It happens every spring. As schools begin planning next year’s budgets, we are approached with questions from educators who are sold on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and are looking for ways to fund it for the following year. We’ve previously shared tips on how to leverage Title IV [...]

1 02, 2018

How SEL Can Help ELL/Immigrant Students and Educators’ Ability to Support Them

By | 2018-01-29T18:53:05+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Use SEL to Ease the Transition for ELL and Immigrant Students It’s not surprising that many educators struggle to understand and address the challenges English language learner (ELL) and immigrant students face. But it’s important to try, since these students’ experiences often create special learning needs. Many ELL and immigrant students are abruptly dropped into [...]

25 01, 2018

4 Ways SEL Supports Special Education Students

By | 2018-01-26T14:56:23+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

The increasing awareness and research behind social and emotional learning (SEL) is shining light on a truth that special education teachers have long known: Building supportive relationships, increasing self-efficacy, and helping students learn how to manage their emotions are factors critical to student success. All students can benefit from SEL, yet as special education teachers [...]