Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Expert Dr. Amanda Nickerson leads Webinar on the Importance of Building SEL Strengths in Students

Webinar hosted by Aperture Education April 25, 2017

Charlotte N.C. (April 5, 2017) — Understanding and building on students’ social-emotional strengths is key to helping them reach their full potential. SEL expert Dr. Amanda Nickerson will lead a free webinar at 2 p.m. EDT on April 25, 2017 to help educators understand the advantages of focusing on social and emotional strengths. Dr. Nickerson will also discuss strength-based assessment measures and how this data can link to interventions. To register for the webinar, which is hosted by social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education, visit

 Dr. Nickerson is a professor of school psychology and director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the State University of New York’s University of Buffalo campus. Her research focuses on school violence and bullying, and the critical role that schools, peers, and families play in preventing violence and building the social-emotional strengths of youth. Dr. Nickerson is also an author, a licensed psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as Coordinator of Research for the National Association of School Psychologists. 

The webinar is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools. Aperture Education provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help organizations address the whole child. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive. 

“Strong social and emotional skills help students in every aspect of life, from building healthy relationships or coping with stress, to improving their social and academic development,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “Our webinar with Dr. Nickerson will help participants learn more about why SEL strengths are so important and will help them get the most out of the SEL programs at their own schools.”

Aperture Education offers products and services to support SEL programs, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool. It uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and implement individualized, classroom and school-wide strategies for instruction and intervention. Evo Social/Emotional is currently available for grades K-8; a high school version will be released for the 2017-2018 school year.

 About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social-emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online platform includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-Mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. 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 and strengths. For more information, go to