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27 06, 2019

Customer Q&A: How to Launch a Successful SEL Program by Engaging Staff

By |2019-07-09T16:29:30+00:00June 27th, 2019|DESSA, Program Implementation, SEL, SEL Integration|0 Comments

We sat down with Jennifer Roberts, principal of Essex Elementary, Manchester Essex Regional School District (MA), to talk about the social and emotional learning (SEL) program she began in her school. We were particularly interested in how she was able to engage staff and gain their support for SEL. Robert’s experiences can provide insight and [...]

16 05, 2019

Improve Your Second Step SEL Program with Progress Monitoring

By |2019-05-21T13:19:39+00:00May 16th, 2019|DESSA, Program Implementation, SEL|0 Comments

Research shows that when implemented with fidelity, the Second Step program works. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your Second Step program, you must be able to measure the quality of your implementation and if the SEL program is working. If an intervention isn’t improving student outcomes, it’s important to understand [...]

9 05, 2019

5 Ways to Bring SEL Programs into Afterschool and Summer School

By |2019-05-23T13:22:34+00:00May 9th, 2019|DESSA, Out-of-School Time, Professional Development, SEL, SEL Integration|0 Comments

Social and emotional learning (SEL) shouldn’t stop once school lets out. There are many ways educators can incorporate SEL activities into afterschool and summer learning programs. In fact, because of the structure and close relationships many out-of-school settings provide, these can be ideal places to foster social-emotional skills in students. Below are five ways [...]

2 05, 2019

We Have Implicit Bias Toward Students. Here are 3 Ways to Reduce its Effects.

By |2019-06-04T15:33:42+00:00May 2nd, 2019|DESSA, SEL, Student Equity|0 Comments

Research shows that we all have implicit biases.  Neuroscientists have found that our brains tend to quickly categorize others as a way to identify threats. These categorizations are often based on institutional race or gender stereotypes that we have been exposed to from a young age. Different than stereotypes or racism, implicit bias is [...]

18 04, 2019

SEL Assessments vs SEL Surveys: Why Research Matters

By |2019-06-04T15:33:55+00:00April 18th, 2019|DESSA, Industry Leadership, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Actionable social-emotional data is an important part of any SEL (social and emotional learning) program. Quality, research-based SEL assessments can help you achieve the best implementation results and can help educators streamline instruction, tailor supports to achieve predefined learning goals, and effectively measure outcomes. But not all SEL assessments are created equal. When selecting [...]

4 04, 2019

Make the Most of Your Second Step Program with the DESSA-SSE

By |2019-04-02T20:10:44+00:00April 4th, 2019|DESSA, Program Implementation, SEL Data, SEL Integration|0 Comments

When investing in any social and emotional learning (SEL) program, educators need to be sure they are implementing a program that will drive results. Quality data is an important part of this process. With data, educators can make informed program decisions, adjust instruction to meet the needs of students, and measure program outcomes.Did you know [...]

14 02, 2019

4 Tips for Considering Rater Bias When Selecting an SEL Assessment

By |2019-02-26T19:27:14+00:00February 14th, 2019|DESSA, Research, SEL|0 Comments

“Rater bias” is present when a significant amount of variation in an assessment’s scores can be attributed to factors related to the person completing the assessment, rather than factors related to the skills being assessed. For example, consider a teacher-completed assessment of students’ SEL skills. If all male teachers tend to rate students as exhibiting [...]

26 04, 2018

DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part III: How Educators Can Help Families Support Their Children’s SEL Development

By |2019-01-28T19:42:56+00:00April 26th, 2018|DESSA, Research|0 Comments

Books, Games, and Videos: Activities to Help Families Support SEL Development at Home DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part III This is the third in a series of posts from Aperture Education’s Senior Research Associate, Jennifer Robitaille. Before joining Aperture Education, Robitaille worked with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. She has worked extensively on both the [...]