What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. – The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)







What are Social and Emotional Skills?

Social and emotional skills are the tools both children and adults use in social interactions and to manage every day emotional responses. Things like social awareness, setting goals, and taking responsibility for oneself are imperative to maintaining healthy relationships and practicing self-care.

In a recent study, students who participated in evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs (like Evo SEL) scored 13 points higher academically, had a 6 percent higher high school graduation rate and were 11 percent more likely to graduate from college.


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Then, read this recent report from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Why Should We Assess Social and Emotional Skills?

More and more, schools and afterschool programs are recognizing the importance of understanding their students’ social and emotional competencies. Systems like Evo Social/Emotional (SEL) can help education personnel make informed decisions about how best to support the social and emotional skills of their youth.

Aperture Education’s Evo SEL provides research-based assessments, data-interpretation and implementation ideas, and intervention strategies to help organizations implement successful social and emotional learning initiatives. As one of the only assessment systems for social and emotional learning validated through years of research, Evo SEL can provide your program with quantitative results to support your social and emotional learning outcomes.

To learn more about the Evo SEL assessment tool, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), visit our DESSA page.


What Type of Resources Do You Provide?

The Evo Social/Emotional system provides:
– The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA) – a research-based SEL evaluation instrument
– Intervention strategies and foundational practices for classroom, small group, individual, or take-home settings; including teacher-reflection activities
– A comprehensive system for reading and interpreting data from the DESSA
– Support from Aperture Education’s dedicated implementation team

Want to learn even more about Social Emotional Learning? Read our two blog posts to give you more insight into why and how SEL is used to support the education of the whole child.

Social & Emotional Learning: The Basics

What is Social Emotional Learning?