Understanding Quality SEL Assessments – A Discussion with Expert Paul LeBuffe

Nov. 29th Webinar by Aperture Education explores best practices for measuring social-emotional learning programs to make sure students get the SEL support they need

 Charlotte N.C. (Nov. 26, 2018) — A growing number of school districts are adopting social-emotional learning programs because of the positive impact they can have on students’ academics and lifelong success. But these same districts sometimes struggle with understanding where students are social/emotionally and how to bolster and support the development of these skills.

 Social-emotional learning expert Paul LeBuffe will address this issue and provide insight into how to select a high quality SEL assessment during a free webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, Nov. 29, 2018. The webinar, “Practical Considerations in Selecting an SEL Assessment for your District,” is hosted by Aperture Education. To register, visit https://goo.gl/ayng6j

LeBuffe is vice president of research & development for Aperture Education and co-author of numerous SEL assessments, including the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). During the webinar he will address:

  • Key quality indicators of good SEL assessments
  • Practical issues in implementing an SEL assessment
  • Benefits of certain assessment characteristics such as local vs. national norms
  • How to select an SEL assessment for your school or district

“A recent survey of principals found that although the majority of principals believe SEL skills can and should be measured, less than a quarter are doing so,” said LeBuffe. “One barrier to adopting an SEL program is knowing what to look for and how to select a useful, high quality assessment. This webinar will help address that and will provide districts with advice and tips on what school districts should look for in a high quality SEL assessment.” 

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.