Help staff to engage all students and improve academic outcomes with equitable practices and social and emotional learning (SEL).
Research shows that students of color (especially African-American students) receive significantly higher rates of disciplinary action. This can have lasting effects on students and may impact their future education, employment, and income. As education professionals, we have a responsibility to implement practices that promote equity in schools and communities and ensure that all students are treated fairly — no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, family income, disability, cultural background, or religious affiliation.
SEL and Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) can help educators foster equity in education and address the root cause of disproportionate disciplinary actions and referrals while simultaneously providing a flexible framework that addresses the unique needs of a school.
Download a free copy of our 5 Equitable Action Activities for Educators Using Social and Emotional Learning
In order to ensure equity in schools we must examine our own unconscious biases and strive to overcome them.
Download our How to Guide: Promoting Equity Through Social and Emotional Learning to learn more about SEL and equity in education - including actionable steps to combat implicit bias. Then, feel free to download or print this free activity sheet and share it with your staff to help boost their social and emotional competence while helping them understand what is equity in education.
SEL Promotes Equity in Education
Research shows that universal social and emotional interventions can help all students improve academically, regardless of race or family income (AEI/Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity, 2015).
Best practices and education equity programs that have been shown to improve academic outcomes of all students include:
Looking at Educational Equity Through a Social Emotional Lens
A presentation from the 2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit
These slides, presented at the 2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit, outline the important ways that SEL can promote equity in education for all students. Among the many items discussed in this presentation are:
As part of our social and emotional learning solution, Aperture Education provides access to Foundational Practices — actionable ideas that educators can use to set positive expectations and goals for their students. These Foundational Practices include Trauma-Informed Practices, which help educators understand how to support their students who have been adversely affected by traumatic experiences. Click here to download the Trauma-Informed Practices Teacher Notes, one sample of what we provide to our customers through our system, the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System.
[On-Demand Webinar] Advancing Equity with the DESSA: Practical Applications to a Crucial Issue
One of the most important issues in education today is ensuring that we are providing equitable services. That is, making certain that each student is equipped with the skills that they need to be successful in school and in life. One of the most important skill sets for our students is social and emotional competence.
This webinar will focus on specific, practical tools and techniques embedded in the DESSA to advance educational equity. Participants will learn:
How the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Can Help Foster Educational Equity
The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a standardized, strength-based assessment that measures students’ social and emotional competence in grades K-8. Grounded in resilience theory, the DESSA helps educators promote equity in schools and the social and emotional strengths of children.
Recent research on the DESSA: