Rutgers University SEL Expert Discusses How to Promote Positive School Climate during April 26, 2018 Webinar

Charlotte N.C. (April 16, 2018) — Positive school climate supports academic success and can reduce discipline rates, yet districts may not know the best way to achieve this. Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education will host a free webinar at 1 p.m. EDT April 26, 2018 with Danielle Hatchimonji, an SEL expert at Rutgers University, who will discuss the role of social-emotional and character development in creating a positive school climate. To register for the webinar, Promoting Positive School Climate: A Social-Emotional & Character Development Approach visit:

“It’s easy to recognize positive school climate when you experience it. It’s also easy to see the impact it has on teachers and students, but getting to that point can be difficult,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “We partnered with Danielle Hatchimonji from Rutgers University to provide insight and tips on how to focus on social-emotional learning and character development to help schools improve school climate and student success.”

Hatchimonji is the Associate Director for Rutgers University’s Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. Her primary interests are in the development, implementation and dissemination of school-based programs to promote social and emotional well-being in children and adolescents, specifically students with trauma histories.

During the webinar, Hatchimonji will define school climate, explain why it is important to address school climate, and discuss how school climate intertwines with social-emotional learning. Participants will receive takeaway ideas and useful tips to start building a positive school climate at their school or district.

Aperture Education provides SEL assessments, interventions and resources for schools, parents and organizations. The webinar is part of its ongoing support of educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools or organizations.

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA and the DESSA-mini, a universal screener of social and emotional competence administered in less than a minute. Evo Social/Emotional also provides growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional skills. Its data helps SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and helps educators understand students’ SEL strengths and needs. For more information, go to