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9 05, 2019

5 Ways to Bring SEL Programs into Afterschool and Summer School

By |2020-09-19T18:00:49+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 you [...]

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 |2020-09-17T18:16:09+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 an [...]

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|Comments Off on Make the Most of Your Second Step Program with the DESSA-SSE

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|Comments Off on 4 Tips for Considering Rater Bias When Selecting an SEL Assessment

“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 |2020-09-19T18:18:07+00:00April 26th, 2018|DESSA, Research|Comments Off on DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part III: How Educators Can Help Families Support Their Children’s SEL Development

Books, Games, and Videos: Activities to Help Families Support SEL Development at Home DECA/DESSA Blog Series, Part IIIThis 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 DECA [...]

8 02, 2018

Meeting ESSA Title IV Requirements with the DESSA

By |2020-09-21T15:37:41+00:00February 8th, 2018|DESSA, ESSA, Legislative|Comments Off on Meeting ESSA Title IV Requirements with the DESSA

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 [...]

4 01, 2018

SEL Assessments vs Surveys: What You Need to Know

By |2020-10-12T15:56:52+00:00January 4th, 2018|DESSA, Research, SEL, SEL Data|Comments Off on SEL Assessments vs Surveys: What You Need to Know

As Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to grow in prominence, more and more states and districts are adopting SEL standards. Just as with academics, SEL standards ensure accountability and help educators plan, implement, and assess student learning. For this reason, schools need access to well-researched, evidence-based assessments that align to SEL best practices and [...]