Aperture Education is a brand new social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social-emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is designed around the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making.

The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-Mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills and provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths.

We have recently grown out of two organizations- one a non-profit focused on creating resilient children, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and one a for-profit focused on making sure educators have good data to make great instructional decisions, Apperson, Inc. In order to realize the shared goals, we formed a partnership to get the best out of both worlds: a company rooted in the belief that our children hold the promise for a better tomorrow and a shared obligation to ensure that they have the skills and mindsets necessary to be good stewards of our future.

We encourage you to stick around to learn more about social-emotional learning and the positive impact it has on our youth. Check out our white papers, case studies, and webinars for the latest information And as always, please reach out if we can help answer any questions!


The mission of Aperture Education is to ensure that all members of school and out of school time communities, both children and adults, have the social and emotional skills to be successful, productive, and happy. We achieve this by providing teachers, out-of-school-time staff, parents and students with accurate and actionable data about their social and emotional strengths and needs. We pair this data with research-informed strategies and resources leading to improved outcomes.