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16 01, 2020

How to Support Spanish-speaking Students with SEL Assessment Data

By |2020-03-03T21:37:11+00:00January 16th, 2020|DESSA, SEL, SEL Data, SEL Integration, Student Equity|Comments Off on How to Support Spanish-speaking Students with SEL Assessment Data

When it comes to supporting Spanish-speaking students and English-language learners (ELLs), which is more important: academic supports, or social and emotional learning (SEL)? Research shows that improving the social-emotional well-being of language learners may be just as important as academic instructional supports.SEL can help address many key concerns that may be impacting ELL students’ ability [...]

28 11, 2019

Aperture Education and COMET Make It Easy to Collect and Use SEL Data to Improve Student Outcomes

By |2020-01-24T16:05:54+00:00November 28th, 2019|DESSA, Industry Leadership, SEL, SEL Data|Comments Off on Aperture Education and COMET Make It Easy to Collect and Use SEL Data to Improve Student Outcomes

Aperture Education is excited about a new partnership with COMET that supports our social and emotional learning (SEL) data collection and data-driven decision-making for educators! COMET helps schools with data management and using data for continuous improvement. Together, we are helping schools and out-of-school organizations streamline SEL data collection and take action on the data [...]

17 10, 2019

6 Takeaways from CASEL’s 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange

By |2019-10-25T16:38:42+00:00October 17th, 2019|DESSA, Industry Leadership, SEL|Comments Off on 6 Takeaways from CASEL’s 2019 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange

It’s hard to believe that back when I chose education technology as my career path, social and emotional learning (SEL) was relatively new. Many schools were only just beginning to teach students these important skills in a formalized way. Fast forward 12 years, and we’ve seen dramatic changes in how schools are prioritizing SEL. [...]

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|Comments Off on Customer Q&A: How to Launch a Successful SEL Program by Engaging Staff

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|Comments Off on Improve Your Second Step SEL Program with Progress Monitoring

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 |2020-08-10T17:04:16+00:00May 9th, 2019|DESSA, Out-of-School Time, Professional Development, SEL, SEL Integration|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Bring SEL Programs into Afterschool and Summer School

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|Comments Off on We Have Implicit Bias Toward Students. Here are 3 Ways to Reduce its Effects.

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|Comments Off on SEL Assessments vs SEL Surveys: Why Research Matters

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 [...]