SEL

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 |2019-05-08T12:01:23+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 |2019-05-02T19:37:53+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 |2019-04-16T13:25:54+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 [...]

21 03, 2019

5 Ways to Engage ELLs with SEL

By |2019-03-19T18:29:45+00:00March 21st, 2019|SEL, SEL Integration, SEL Lessons/Activities, Student Equity|0 Comments

Today, more than ever, classrooms in the United States are full of English language learners (ELLs). In fact, about one in 10 students consider English as their second language.  ELL and immigrant students have unique learning needs. Many are unfamiliar with U.S. cultural norms and learning a new language can be difficult. These students often [...]

7 03, 2019

Reduce Bullying Incidents in Your School with These SEL Activities

By |2019-03-19T18:29:54+00:00March 7th, 2019|SEL, SEL Lessons/Activities|0 Comments

4 Ways SEL Can Reduce Bullying Incidents in Your School Everyone is affected by bullying. Students who bully others are more likely to demonstrate violent or criminal behavior and abuse drugs and alcohol. Victims of bullying can experience depression, loneliness, and anxiety — all of which can last into adulthood. Even students who witness [...]

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 [...]

31 01, 2019

6 Ways SEL Boosts College and Career Readiness

By |2019-03-19T18:30:08+00:00January 31st, 2019|College and Career Readiness, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Spring is just around the corner, and soon students will be taking college entrance exams and planning for life after high school. Unfortunately, research shows that most schools are not adequately preparing students for college and/or their careers. Students often struggle with post-secondary coursework, and many lack the social and emotional skills needed to thrive [...]