YMCA Discusses How Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs Can Close the Achievement Gap during June 16, 2016 Webinar

Free webinar by Apperson offers SEL strategies and examples of national efforts to help high-needs students succeed

Charlotte N.C. – May 17, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson will host a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST, June 16, 2016 to showcase the work being done by the YMCA of the USA to improve social and emotional skills among its highest needs students.


The “Effective Use of SEL Assessment: A National Effort” webinar will feature Maria Guzman, Program Evaluation Specialist for Afterschool Programs at the YMCA of the USA, and representatives from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

To register for the webinar, visit http://goo.gl/Ezn0Ez or click here.

To help address one of the biggest challenges high-needs students face, the achievement gap, the YMCA of the USA has implemented an after-school program through its local branches that aims to improve the academic performance of high-needs students by helping them develop social and emotional skills. Webinar participants will learn more about this work on a local and national level.

In addition to Guzman, the webinar will feature representatives from Devereux and Apperson who will share how the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA), is used to measure, improve and develop students’ social and emotional skills. The DESSA is a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies. Apperson offers an online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional, which features the DESSA to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provide strategies for instruction and intervention.

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 organizations. Webinar attendees will receive a free 60-day trial of Apperson’s Evo SEL featuring the DESSA.

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-16 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping educators turn assessment data into actionable information.  For more information, visit Apperson.com.