Free Take-Home Resources That Support SEL for Students and Educators

As schools transition to online and distance learning, social and emotional learning (SEL) is more important than ever. Students and educators alike are going to need help working through and expressing emotions, building relationships, managing stress, and supporting one another.

We are here to help you continue to support SEL for students and educators as you transition to virtual learning environments through free resources for students, educators, and families.

Growth Strategies

We are offering select Growth Strategies directly from the DESSA Comprehensive System at no cost to give educators and parents an easy-to-use, practical resource to help students improve their social-emotional skills.

Grades K-2: Goal Directed Behavior: Working to Make Dreams Come True!

Grades 3-5: Optimistic Thinking: Home Connection: Encouragement Folders

Grades 6-8: Relationship Skills: Teacher: Relationship Skills Goals


Especially in virtual environments, it’s important for educators to stay connected and collaborating. We offer many on-demand webinars, many produced by our in-house research team and other experts in  the field. Topics include everything from integrating SEL into Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) to how SEL can strengthen afterschool programs. Here are a few free webinars that are particularly helpful right now:

Resilience: A Holistic Approach to Preventative Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools and Beyond

Caring for Your Staff: Why Supporting SEL for Educators is Important

EdSERT Educator Guide

Our newest tool, the Educator Social-Emotional Reflection and Training (EdSERT) program, is designed to enhance the social and emotional knowledge, skill set, and well-being of educators. We are offering a free, special edition of our EdSERT Educator Guide: Optimistic Thinking. This guide includes:

  • A free Optimistic Thinking self-assessment
  • A guided reflection and review of your self-assessment ratings
  • A Growth Strategy that teaches how to align your work activities with your sense of purpose, approach work with positivity and optimism, and enhance work satisfaction and self-efficacy

Be sure to access our resources page for more ways to support SEL learning at home. You are doing great work, and we have so much appreciation for all you are doing. We are here to support you. Please contact us if you need additional guidance or have any questions.

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