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    What is a Growth Strategy?
    Growth Strategies are activities and lessons that provide actionable ways for educators to help their students improve their social and emotional skills.

    The DESSA Comprehensive SEL System, offers hundreds of Growth Strategies available at various grade levels (Primary, Intermediate, Middle) and in different settings including Universal (whole class/group), Small Group, Individual, and Take-Home. 

    Each Growth Strategy targets one of the 8 CASEL-aligned SEL competencies that the DESSA measures:

    • Self-Awareness
    • Self-Management
    • Optimistic Thinking
    • Personal Responsibility
    • Social-Awareness
    • Relationship Skills
    • Goal-Directed Behavior
    • Decision-Making

    "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)