Charlotte N.C. – Aug. 31, 2016 – As students get older, the stressors in their lives multiply – by the time they enter high school they are being asked to handle greater responsibility, harder classes, new social pressures and looming decisions about what to do after they graduate. Assessment leader Apperson will host a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST Sept. 29, 2016 to discuss how social and emotional learning (SEL) can benefit high school students and the SEL tools and resources available for this age group. To register for the webinar, visit http://goo.gl/YwznEj or click here.
The “Bridging the SEL Gap in High Schools with the DESSA-High School Edition” will feature Paul LeBuffe, director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. Paul is author of many widely-used assessments that measure children’s social-emotional strengths and needs, including the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA).
Paul will discuss why SEL skills are essential for high school students and why the lack of SEL curricula and resources for this age group can be detrimental to students. Paul will also share Apperson and Devereux’s plans to fill this gap with the DESSA – High School Edition, an SEL assessment designed to screen high school students for social-emotional competencies. All attendees will receive an invitation to participate in a program to help standardize and norm the DESSA -- High School Edition. For more information on this program, visit http://info.apperson.com/dessa-hse-signup.
The webinar is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools. Apperson currently offers a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional which uses the DESSA to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provide strategies for instruction and intervention. The DESSA – High School Edition will provide companion SEL assessments for the high school level.
“Social emotional skills are key to helping high school students navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. If they can successfully navigate these challenges, they are much more likely to succeed in school and life,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “The DESSA – High School Edition will offer another tool for educators to help students through this process. We are glad to partner with Paul and Devereux to address this critical need.”
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 http://www.apperson.com/sel.