Districts and schools across the country recognize the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL). Today’s schools are comprised of a diverse student body from different cultures and ethnicities, and with different learning needs. SEL provides a framework to ensure safe and supportive learning environments for all students. There are academic benefits to SEL, too. An impressive body of research shows that SEL promotes better academic performance. Check out our infographic to learn more about the many benefits of SEL (download a printable infographic here). Increasing students’ social and emotional competence through an SEL program promotes improved academic performance. An important component of any program is a quality SEL assessment. Aperture Education’s SEL Assessment the DESSA gives educators critical insight into students’ needs and can act as a roadmap to guide effective decision-making. Learn more about how to improve academic achievement with SEL and the DESSA.