The parent portal introduces parents to eight SEL skills – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal-directed behavior, personal responsibility, decision-making, and optimistic thinking. It explains why these skills are important and provides free, downloadable resources and activities to help parents teach the skills at home. The activities are geared toward children in grades K-8.
The parent portal is part of Aperture’s mission to ensure that children (and adults) have the social and emotional skills to be successful, productive and happy. Research shows that students who participate in SEL programs score higher academically than their peers. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and college. Numerous studies also link evidence-based SEL programs to decreases in suspensions and other disciplinary issues.
“Building strong social-emotional skills has a positive impact on children in school, at home and in life,” said Adamson. “Our parent portal will provide an opportunity for families to learn more about SEL and practice these skills at home.”
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, 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 system 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 www.ApertureEd.com.