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Apperson Partners with Open Circle to Host Massachusetts Workshop on Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Experts to provide a road map for how to implement successful SEL programs
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Charlotte N.C. – Dec. 8, 2015 – Assessment leader Apperson is partnering with Open Circle, a leading provider of social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, to host a one-day workshop on implementing successful SEL programs in schools. The workshop, Supporting Social-Emotional Learning in Massachusetts, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at the Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482. To register for the workshop visit

Research shows that addressing students’ social and emotional learning needs in school has a positive impact on their academics. The Jan. 27 workshop aims to help participants create successful and sustainable SEL programs at their own schools or districts. Participants will learn best practices to prepare, implement, and sustain effective SEL practices.

The workshop is tailored to the recently adopted SEL guidelines in Massachusetts. Topics will include an overview of SEL in Massachusetts, how to select the right curriculum, steps for effective implementation, examples of case studies and success stories, the importance of assessment and measuring success, and practical advice for getting started and supporting a sustainable program.

The workshop will feature:

·Jim Vetter, steering committee co-chair at the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts. Vetter will discuss why SEL is at the core of learning success and what’s happening in Massachusetts, including SEL funding opportunities and legislation.

·Kamilah Drummond-Forrester & Jim Strouse of Open Circle in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Whether schools are just beginning to plan for first-time SEL implementation or have been implementing for years, the staff from Open Circle will help them explore best practices to strengthen their efforts at the classroom, school and district levels.

·Paul LeBuffe, Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. LeBuffe will explain how to use both formative and summative assessment to guide instruction, improve SEL outcomes and inform quality improvement efforts.

·Sheryl Harmer, an SEL consultant and former director of program development for the Committee for Children. Harmer will review attendees SEL readiness and help them make an Action Plan for next steps.

Apperson offers an online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional (SEL). Evo SEL helps educators measure SEL skills, provides strategies for instruction and intervention and features resources to shape the practices and mindsets of adults to help them create environments where the whole child can thrive. Evo features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies in under a minute.

Open Circle is a universal, evidence-based social and emotional learning program to help grades K-5 students develop social and emotional skills across the domains of recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving. The Open Circle Curriculum contains 32 core lessons, 27 supplementary lessons, 80 community-building and mindfulness activities and practices, 27 skill mini-posters, 18 family newsletters, and more than 250 children’s literature titles that connect to specific SEL topics.

This is the latest effort by Apperson and Open Circle to help educators address students’ SEL development and focus on the whole child. Earlier this summer Apperson and Open Circle partnered to align the skills from the Evo SEL assessment with the skills and practices from the Open Circle Curriculum. The partnership allows educators to measure and track outcomes of the Open Circle programming and to refine Open Circle instruction based on student strengths and needs.

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information. For more information, visit

About Open Circle

Open Circle is a leading provider of evidence-based curriculum and professional development for social and emotional learning in elementary schools. Since 1987, Open Circle has reached two million children and 15,000 educators. Open Circle is currently used in over 300 schools across the United States. Open Circle is a program of the Wellesley Centers for Womenat Wellesley College.



Apperson Partners with Open Circle

Apperson Inc., a K-12 provider of assessment tools and software solutions, has partnered with Open Circle,  provider of evidence-based curriculum and professional development for social and emotional learning in elementary schools.