Charlotte N.C. (Aug. 29, 2018) — It takes a village to educate students. That’s why social-emotional learning company Aperture Education has created a free, downloadable back-to-school guide to help district and school leaders, teachers, counselors, and staff at out-of-school-time organizations implement and integrate SEL programs and activities in schools and classrooms this year. The 2018 Back to School Guide: Strategies for a Successful School Year provides articles, resources, strategies and activities that support the social-emotional health of students. The guide can be downloaded at: http://info.apertureed.com/btsg-18.
Among the free resources:
- Resources for setting social and emotional goals for IEPs
- Examples of how SEL supports schools in resolving conflicts through restorative justice
- Tips for school and district leaders on implementing a district-wide SEL plan and increasing SEL buy-in through effective professional development
- Ideas to connect SEL to your local community
- Tips to connect in-school and out-of-school instruction with SEL
- Videos to help educators practice mindfulness and de-stress
- SEL activities to help students overcome back-to-school anxiety
“A strong social-emotional learning program helps create a healthy, productive school environment and there are many things that teachers and school or district leaders can do now to get the school year off to a strong start,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “Going back to school can be stressful for both students and staff. We wanted to take “researching SEL strategies” off of their to-do lists. This guide provides some great tips and resources that they can use now, and all year long.”
The 2018 Back to School Guide is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or programs. Aperture Education also provides a comprehensive SEL assessment and intervention system for schools and out-of-school-time providers.
About Aperture Education
Aperture Education specializes in social and emotional learning (SEL) solutions. Our flagship product, the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System, allows educators to measure, strengthen, and support social-emotional competence in youth in grades K-12. The DESSA System includes a suite of strength-based assessments, a universal screener that can be administered in less than a minute, and growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional competence. The DESSA System is lauded by researchers because it meets high standards for reliability and validity and is appreciated by educators for its ability to easily and quickly identify each student’s personal SEL strengths and provide practical supports that result in improved student outcomes. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.