A Comprehensive SEL Implementation Solution For NYC

Aperture Education and the Urban Assembly, leaders in district-wide SEL insight and implementation, have partnered to provide the easiest, most reliable, nationally-normed social and emotional learning solution available for schools and districts.

Aperture Education and The Urban Assembly

DESSA + Urban Assembly

The easiest and most reliable SEL screening and prevention program

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We start with strengths to equip students with the skills to thrive

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We provide the insights needed to make a difference in every student’s life
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Guided Implementation

We walk beside you every step of the way

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Comprehensive Support

We are your SEL advisor and partner to ensure program success

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What's Included

DESSA SEL Assessment

Full assessment designed to work within MTSS. System includes:

  • 5 minutes to complete
  • Nationally-normed and psychometrically sound
  • Proactive, strength-based approach
  • Multi-level access to supports
SEL Strategies and Interventions

Actionable, DESSA-data driven next steps to support student SEL growth. Includes:

  • Data-driven recommendations
  • Universal strategies
  • Targeted intervention programs
  • Strategies tracking
School Support
Enhancing student achievement, well-being, and preparation for postsecondary opportunities. Includes:
  • On-site coaching from Urban Assembly experts
  • On-site professional development
  • Resilient scholars portal
  • Collaborative reporting for school and district-level progress
  • Progress monitoring
  • District-level PLC and newsletter

Beginning with the “Strong Resilient NYC” initiative in 2021, and carried on today by dedicated educators, Aperture Education and Urban Assembly have played a key role in growing the social and emotional skills of New York City students.

Pricing Per School

One-Year Agreement

Price per school for one year
$ 11,500
per year
  • One-year commitment
  • Includes partnership discount

Two-Year Agreement

Price per school each year for two years
$ 10,350
per year
  • Two-year commitment
  • Additional 10% discount
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About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is home to the DESSA, a social and emotional rating scale that will help you learn about your students’ social and emotional skills and can help you track the efficacy of your SEL efforts in your district.

Over 8,000 schools and out-of-school time programs across North America use the DESSA’s suite of strength-based assessments, CASEL™-aligned intervention strategies to enable education leaders to make strategic, data-based decisions about SEL within their organizations. 

Aperture has supported more than one million students in their social and emotional growth and continues to develop innovative solutions to bring the whole child into focus. 

About Urban Assembly

The mission of the Urban Assembly is to advance students’ social and economic mobility by improving public education, helping young people graduate from school fully prepared to excel in college, career, and community. 

The Urban Assembly will connect with educators in your district to provide professional development and implementation, support translation of DESSA data to ensure your students thrive in a positive and supportive learning environment.

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Our Team

Aperture Education and Urban Assembly
Carrie Blakely, Aperture Education

Carrie Blakely

Director of Strategic Community Success

Aperture Education

Dana Hackett, Urban Assembly

Dana Harnett

Director of Social Emotional Learning

Urban Assembly


*Applicable to New York City Public Schools only