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

Social/Emotional Skills

Social 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/emotional skills can and should be incorporated into school and out-of-school-time programs. 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 SEL Platform?

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 social and emotional settings. Aperture Education’s Evo SEL Platform provides research-based assessments, data-interpretation strategies, implementation ideas, and lesson plans to help organizations meet ESSA requirements.

Why Type of Resources Do You Provide?

The Evo SEL Platform provides:

– The Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA) – a research-based SEL evaluation instrument

– A comprehensive system for reading and interpreting data from the DESSA

– Lesson plans for classroom, small group, or individual settings; including teacher-reflection activities

– Support from Aperture Education’s dedicated implementation team