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)





Social and Emotional Skills

Social and Emotional Competencies are skills that can be taught, just like academics or athletics. There are good, evidence-based curricula, intervention strategies, and established pedagogy to teach these skills to people of all ages. Social and emotional skills can and should be incorporated into school and out-of-school-time programs and they can and should be measured either for summative or formative assessments. They promote achievement, free up instructional/program time, and reduce behavioral concerns.

Want to learn more? Watch our recently produced webinar, “SEL: The Basics. What is Social/Emotional Learning…and why it’s so important”.



Why Should I Use the Evo Social/Emotional System?

In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama. As part of this new legislation, schools are required to monitor student achievement not only in academic areas, but also in “other indicators”, which include social and emotional learning.

Aperture Education’s Evo SEL Assessment and Intervention System provides research-based assessments, data-interpretation strategies, implementation ideas, and lesson plans to help organizations meet ESSA requirements. As one of the only nationally-standardized assessment systems for social and emotional learning, Evo SEL can provide your program with quantitative results to support your social and emotional learning outcomes.

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
– Lesson plans and foundational practices for classroom, small group, or individual 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?