Bring the Whole Child Into Focus

Aperture Education strengthens our youth in school and out-of-school through social and emotional learning using the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System.
Who We Are

The DESSA Measures a Broad Range of SEL Competencies.
Relationship Skills
Goal-Directed Behavior
Personal Responsibility
Optimistic Thinking
The DESSA is now featured on CASEL’s SEL Assessment Guide! Access the guide here.

The DESSA System strengthens skills to support student success.

Our award-winning system offers a strength-based approach to assessing and supporting the growth of social and emotional skills for both your students and staff.


DESSA Assessments

Our standardized social emotional learning assessments allow users to universally screen, identify focus areas, monitor progress, and measure outcomes with reliable, actionable data.


Growth Strategies

Bolster social and emotional skills with research-based, interactive lessons designed for various settings and grade levels.


DESSA Comprehensive SEL System

User-friendly, time-saving system allows for easy access to DESSA assessments, Growth Strategies, and reporting that provides insight and drives action.


Professional Development

Improve understanding and effectiveness of social emotional learning through a variety of training options designed for your programs, districts, and schools.

Aperture Education's DESSA System assesses social and emotional competency, provides growth strategies for bolstering skills, monitors progress and measures outcomes of youth in grade K-12 both in school and out-of-school. Educators, district staff and out-of-school time providers support students' social and emotional health with this comprehensive, user-friendly, cloud-based system that saves educators time while offering reliable, actionable data to improve on these vital skills.

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The DESSA System is sweeping the nation… be a part of it.

Find out how we’re advancing social and emotional learning in your state… and how you can join us.

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