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Aperture Education Launches New Web Portal to Help Parents Understand and Teach Social-Emotional Learning Skills to their Children

New “parent portal” offers information and free SEL activities for families

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 5, 2017) — Acquiring strong social-emotional skills can boost students’ academic achievement and set them up for lifelong success. When it comes to teaching these skills, parents play a key role. That’s why social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education has launched a new section on its web site dedicated to helping parents and families understand social-emotional skills, This “parent portal” provides information, resources and free activities on SEL to help parents practice and teach these skills at home. The parent portal can be accessed at

“Positive reinforcement at home is a huge component in helping children succeed in academics. The same is true for social-emotional learning,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture. “We wanted to provide a place on our site to support parents in reinforcing these skills. By focusing on building strong SEL skills, parents can help create happier, healthier environments for their children at home, in school, and beyond.”

The parent portal introduces parents to eight SEL skills – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal-directed behavior, personal responsibility, decision-making, and optimistic thinking. It explains why these skills are important and provides free, downloadable resources and activities to help parents teach the skills at home. The activities are geared toward children in grades K-8.

The parent portal is part of Aperture’s mission to ensure that children (and adults) have the social and emotional skills to be successful, productive and happy. Research shows that students who participate in SEL programs score higher academically than their peers. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and college. Numerous studies also link evidence-based SEL programs to decreases in suspensions and other disciplinary issues.

“Building strong social-emotional skills has a positive impact on children in school, at home and in life,” said Adamson. “Our parent portal will provide an opportunity for families to learn more about SEL and practice these skills at home.”

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to

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