Social and Emotional Learning
All students deserve high-quality, engaging, and comprehensive instruction that addresses their social, emotional, and academic needs in a safe, supportive, and equitable environment. The integration of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a vital component in K-12 education and it contributes to students’ academic and career success. The list of beneficial outcomes from implementing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is extensive and well-researched. Students experience improved academic performance and success, better social relationships, improved decision-making and problem-solving skills, and a better understanding of self and postsecondary options. Additionally, relationships between school staff and families are enhanced; and students and school faculty benefit from a safer and more positive school climate that is conducive to a healthy and productive learning environment. (K–12 Social and Emotional Learning Across Connecticut - A Statewide Landscape Scan, Fall 2021)
State of Connecticut’s definition of SEL: The process through which children and adults achieve emotional intelligence through the competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making (Public Act 19-166). CT General Statutes
- WHAT IS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)?
- WHY SCHOOLWIDE SEL?
- WHAT IS THE DEVEREUX STUDENT STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT (DESSA)?
- Q: WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE DESSA MINI, DESSA (FULL), AND DESSA HSE?
- WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC SEL SKILL COMPETENCY AREAS MEASURED BY THE DESSA?
- WHO ADMINISTERS THE DESSA AND SEES THE SCORES?
- HOW DO I INTERPRET MY STUDENT’S DESSA SCORE(S)?
- WHAT ARE THE CONFIDENTIALITY COMMITMENTS?
- HOW IS THE DATA BEING USED AT STUDENT, CLASSROOM, BUILDING, AND DISTRICT LEVELS?
- HOW LONG ARE THE SCORES KEPT AND DO THE SCORES FOLLOW STUDENTS FROM YEAR TO YEAR?
- HOW ARE WE COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS?
- WHAT IS THE GUIDANCE OR CRITERIA FOR USING DESSA MINI AND THE FULL DESSA?
- WHO SHOULD RATE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT HAVE MULTIPLE TEACHERS?
- ARE PARENTS ABLE TO OPT OUT OF THE DESSA?