Understanding the whole child is essential to student performance and success. Strong social and emotional skills have been proven to increase academic achievement, decrease negative behaviors, and reduce drop-out rates.*
The DESSA Comprehensive SEL System serves as:
- A Universal Screener to identify students' current social and emotional skill levels
- A research-based assessment to pinpoint specific strengths and areas for improvement on 8 core competencies
- A tool to bolster social and emotional skills through Growth Strategies and Foundational Practices
- An early warning indicator used to identify and prevent discipline infractions from occurring
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*Taylor, R. D., Oberle, E., Durlak, J. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2017). Promoting Positive Youth Development Through School‐Based Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: A Meta‐Analysis of Follow‐Up Effects. Child Development, 88(4), 1156-1171. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cdev.12864