Hosted on the SimpleK12 platform, the “Day-of-Learning” includes four half-hour webinars detailing the essential role of SEL in education

 Charlotte, N.C. – May 15, 2015 – Research shows that helping students learn social and emotional skills can improve academic achievement.  To help educators understand the concept and measurement of social and emotional competence, Apperson and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children are creating a free, “Day of Learning” webinar series, which will offer four different 30-minute presentations featuring leading SEL experts.
Hosted on the SimpleK12 platform, the presentations will help educators learn about the development of the whole child by building social and emotional skills as a foundation for academic learning. Practical tools and strategies will be presented, to ensure educators are developing students who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

The four-part webinar series will take place on June 2, 2015 beginning at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT  and consists of 30-minute presentations held at 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM, (EDT) followed by Q&A sessions. To register for this four-part webinar, go to:


During the presentations, Sheryl Harmer, social-emotional learning consultant for Apperson and Paul LeBuffe, Director at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, will introduce the concept of teaching to the whole child through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), discuss how to use social and emotional assessment data to guide decision-making in classrooms, and address strategies for implementing SEL in schools and districts. The four-part webinar will include:

Part 1 – 1:00 – 1:30 PM EST – Introduction to the whole child concept and social and emotional learning (SEL) featuring Sheryl Harmer. This presentation will discuss the rationale for the whole-child perspective and its intended impact on educators and students’ success, introduce SEL and the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) framework, and  review key research findings.

Part 2 – 2:00 – 2:30 PM EST – Evaluating SEL Skills featuring Paul LeBuffe. This presentation discusses the use of SEL assessment to guide instruction and monitor progress. In addition, it will provide a description of the DESSA-mini screener and the DESSA assessment and how to interpret and use  results to improve student outcomes.

Part 3 – 3:00 – 3:30 PM EST – Promoting SEL Skills: Helping your Students Succeed featuring Paul LeBuffe. This presentation will help educators understand how to best promote SEL skills both in school and out-of-school-time settings, define quality SEL curricula, and provide SEL strategies for intervention and integration across the curriculum and the school day.

Part 4 – 4:00 – 4:30 PM EST – School-Wide Approaches to SEL featuring Sheryl Harmer. This presentation will provide educational practitioners and leaders with language, approaches, and resources to promote a school-wide focus on SEL — including the important roles of parents, caregivers, and community.

Each part of the “Day of Learning” series can be viewed as a stand-alone webinar.
About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information.