Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington Partners with Apperson for its Social and Emotional Learning Program - Tech Learning

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington Partners with Apperson for its Social and Emotional Learning Program

Nonprofit uses Apperson’s Evo SEL assessments to help schools address students’ mental health needs
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Charlotte N.C. – April 27, 2016 – CatholicCharities, Diocese of Covington, has partnered with assessment leader Apperson to provide social and emotional learning assessments for the students it serves in Northern Kentucky. The non-profit organization is using Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional online platform to screen students for social and emotional learning competencies.

The partnership will augment the school-based counseling services that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington already provides to students.

“It’s hard for school counselors to find quick, effective ways to gauge social and emotional learning competencies. We’ve tried a lot of tools,” said Sheila Dumford, School Counselor and School Counseling Supervisor for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington. “The data we get from Evo SEL helps us measure the impact of our work and will allow us to better address the mental health needs of our students,” she said. “By understanding where students are with social and emotional competencies, we are able to better serve them.”

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington provides ongoing counseling, guidance support, mentoring, and mental health support to students in 13 public and private schools throughout Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Apperson’s Evo SEL assessment measures the social and emotional competencies of students in kindergarten through 8th grade. It is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides an online platform for administering the DESSA Mini, a universal screener that quickly identifies students who may be at risk for SEL problems. Instructors can then administer the complete DESSA to students who are identified as at-risk. Once educators assess a student, they can access a variety of intervention strategies to bolster the student’s social-emotional skills through Evo SEL.

The partnership is the latest example of Apperson’s work to support the social and emotional learning (SEL) programs of schools and after-school organizations throughout the country.

“Building strong social and emotional learning skills helps students improve their academics and sets them up for lifelong success,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “We are glad we could partner with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington to help in this critical area.”

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington has screened approximately 215 students so far in grades K-5 and hopes to screen a total of around 300 by the end of the school year.

“People who don’t work with students don’t understand how big a detriment it can be when students are lacking in strong SEL skills,” said Catholic Charities school counselor Caisa Pope, who began using the DESSA Mini this year with her students at Ockerman Elementary School in Boone County. “I believe SEL can be as important as reading or math. In the world today, it’s not just what you know, it’s how you get along with other people that can determine success at school and work.”

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-16 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 educators turn assessment data into actionable information. For more information, visit