Apperson launches $50,000 grant competition to improve Social Emotional Learning in Massachusetts Schools - Tech Learning

Apperson launches $50,000 grant competition to improve Social Emotional Learning in Massachusetts Schools

Schools can apply through Aug. 31, 2016 to receive SEL assessments and support valued at up to $10,000 each
Publish date:

Charlotte N.C. – July 27, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children today announced the “Supporting Strength-Based Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in MA” micro-grant program to help schools and districts assess SEL skills during the 2016-17 school year.

Recent legislation and the efforts of groups like the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (, have helped social and emotional learning (SEL) gain momentum in Massachusetts and nationwide, particularly over the past few years.

The grant program is intended to help expand the reach and effectiveness of social & emotional learning through strength-based assessment and intervention across the state of Massachusetts.

“Collectively, we believe that by providing opportunities to groups that are motivated to implement social & emotional learning assessments, but that need technical assistance and support, we can help champion the Social & Emotional Learning movement in the state,” said Paul LeBuffe, director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and author of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessments (the DESSA).

About the grant

A total of five micro-grants will be awarded with a value of up to $10,000 each to be used toward the purchase of Apperson’s award-winning Evo Social & Emotional online assessment and intervention system and accompanying professional development.

Recipients of the Supporting Strength-Based SEL in MA micro-grant will receive:

·Access to the Devereux Student Strengths Assessments (DESSA) and accompanying intervention strategies, available through Apperson’s award-winning Evo Social & Emotional Learning cloud-based application. Evo SEL uses Apperson’s online platform to administer the DESSA and DESSA mini to screen students for SEL competencies.

·Inclusion in a professional learning community and a forum to help start or steer their SEL efforts through an advisory group of SEL experts.

Micro-grants can be used to help communities fund impact-oriented projects. ”We hope that during the application process, school districts will discuss their most pressing social-emotional needs and ultimately unify to address them and commit to assessing progress toward shared goals,” said Patrick Cozens, marketing director for Apperson. “The hope is, through shared interests and collaboration, participants will use this process to bring new partners into their efforts and build community support for advancing long-term social-emotional learning goals.”

Applicants will be asked to describe the most pressing social and emotional needs within their school or district, the outcomes they would like to see, and how they would continue to support social-emotional learning after the grant has ended.

To learn more about the grant program and to apply, click here: A bidders conference will be held August 11th at 3pm EST to answer questions that may arise during the application process. To sign up to attend the bidders conference, click here

About Apperson

Apperson’s Evo SEL 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 the online platform for administering the DESSA and DESSA Mini universal screeners to quickly identify students’ SEL competencies. It also provides resources and activities to address SEL gaps. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs. For more information, go to

About the Devereux Center for Resilient Children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is part of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, a leading nonprofit and behavioral healthcare organization. DCRC focuses on the development of research-informed and resilience-enhancing resources that support educators, parents and other child-serving professionals in assessing and strengthening the social and emotional competencies of children from K through 8th Grade, as well as in the adults who care for them.