Charlotte N.C. – Nov. 3, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson will host a free webinar at 3 p.m. Nov. 15, 2016 (EST) for schools and districts to discuss the latest information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which goes into effect in the 2017-18 school year. The webinar, “How SEL fits into the ESSA Requirements” will address the role of social-emotional learning programs and assessments in meeting the requirements of the legislation. To register, visithttps://goo.gl/rtMPYh or click here.
The ESSA was signed into law in January, 2016, replacing and updating the No Child Left Behind Act. It sets rules for everything from testing to teacher quality, and as part of that, requires schools include at least one non-academic accountability measure. This could include assessments that measure students’ social-emotional skills.
The “How SEL fits into the ESSA Requirements” webinar will feature funding expert Dr. Jennifer House, President of RedRock Reports, an education funding services company.
Dr. House’s work is informed by years of experience in district administration, as well as industry management. Dr. House is a former teacher, reading specialist, school district administrator, university instructor and educational technology innovator. Her experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer, as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.
Dr. House will provide an overview of ESSA and how it impacts social-emotional learning programs. She will include a current snapshot of federal funding that can be used for district SEL programs during this transition year, as well as projections for the future. She will also discuss state opportunities.
The webinar is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools. Apperson offers a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional which uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provides strategies for instruction and intervention.
“The new ESSA legislation puts a greater focus on the “whole child” by requiring school districts to include a non-academic accountability measure,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “We hope our webinar can be a resource for school districts throughout the country as they ramp up for the new ESSA requirements next year.”
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.