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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

"For funding, it’s been amazing to be able to provide the data to show donors and granting organizations what we’re doing and that we have results. 
It's a reliable measure and we love it!"

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- Kirk Lowis, 
Portage Community Center (MI)