Growth Strategies

Put assessment reporting into action with hundreds of available social and emotional learning Growth Strategies, included in the system. Bolster competence with research-informed social emotional learning interventions, lesson plans and activities created for teachers, by teachers.  These strategies span different instructional settings and grade levels to meet the needs of your students.

Growth Strategies provide practical, actionable ways for you to help your students improve their social and emotional skills. Fill out our form below for instant access to a free Growth Strategy.

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Why Choose the DESSA System?

Find the Right Resources at the Right Time

The DESSA System’s Growth Strategies are available for each of the eight core competencies that the DESSA assessment measures. From lessons on self-management to activities for strengthening decision making, hundreds of activities can be found within the system at various lengths of time and for different settings. Whether you have 10 minutes in between lessons or want to send a lesson home for homework, the DESSA System offers many options.

North Belt Elementary: A Case Study

Learn how one school district in Texas uses the Growth Strategies and Foundational Practices to support and empower their students.

Receive Multilayered Support

Social and emotional strategies are available for primary, secondary, and middle grade levels with the option to administer them universally, in small groups, individually, or at home. Each competency also includes a Teacher Reflection section that arms instructors with thought-provoking activities that will strengthen their own social-emotional skills along with their students’.

Includes Access to Select Lessons from Leading SEL Programs

Benefit from the variety of curricula samples included in the DESSA System, and find the best program fit for you and your students. Resources from Caring School Community, Inner Resilience, Open Circle, Second Step, the 4Rs and more, are offered as part of the system. Immediately impact your students using these resources.

The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

This organization helps educators and teachers across the country with social-emotional learning.

The Inner Resilience Program

This organization focuses its efforts on helping teachers, parents, and students build resilience that decreases social-emotional challenges.

Center for the Collaborative Classroom

This organization supports teacher and students and is dedicated to helping children become critical thinkers.

Open Circle

This organization provides an SEL program for elementary students, teachers, and educational staff.

Committee for Children

This organization provides a user-friendly SEL curriculum, Second Step.

Devereux Center for Resilient Children

This organization is the creator of the DESSA. It focuses on preventing social-emotional challenges in children.

Explore a Free SEL Growth Strategy

Access one of the many social and emotional Growth Strategies automatically included in the DESSA System.

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Universal Screening

Screen students in under a minute using the DESSA-mini, a reliable snapshot assessment of a student’s SEL competency that’s easy to complete for educators, out-of-school time providers, and parents.

Screen Your Students. Inform Your Strategies.

The DESSA-mini’s precision is nearly equivalent to the full DESSA, according to a 2011 study. Using the DESSA System, teachers can administer the DESSA-mini in under a minute per student and have its information stored virtually for easy dissemination.

Experience the ease of universal screening supported by an integrated cloud-based platform.

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Identify Students with Needs

Once the DESSA-mini has been completed, the DESSA System will interpret the results and reveal which students have social and emotional strengths. You’ll also identify which students have social-emotional difficulties that require further assessment with the DESSA. In addition, use the DESSA System to quickly generate reports. The software helps you understand the progress of individual students and the entire class.

Assess for SEL Competencies

Analyze the results of your DESSA-mini assessment to identify students who would benefit from a DESSA (72 item) assessment. Pinpoint at-risk students and administer the full-length DESSA to those who need it most.