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Webinar Series Explores how to Secure and Manage in-School and Out-of-School-Time Grants for SEL Initiatives

Starting Oct. 25, 2017, series features grant experts Danielle Bowen and Wendy Weisbart from Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 16, 2017) — A growing number of schools, districts, and out-of-school programs nationwide are making social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives a priority. Developing comprehensive, effective SEL programs, however, can sometimes be a challenge if programs don’t have enough funding for them. Luckily there are grants available from local and federal organizations and foundations that can help organizations meet their SEL goals – they just need to know where to look.

Aperture Education has partnered with Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate to provide a three-part webinar series to connect schools and out-of-school programs with grants to help fund their SEL initiatives. The series, “How to Understand Grants, Implement Funding and Create Sustainability,” launches Oct. 25, 2017. To register, visit:

The webinar series features Danielle Bowen and Wendy Weisbart from the Nevada-based Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate. They will help participants understand grants, how to implement them effectively, and how to communicate with stakeholders about them.

Bowen has worked with out-of-school-time providers for more than 20 years and has obtained millions of dollars in local, state and national grants for her partners. She has served as a recreation leader, site coordinator and program director for local and national after-school programs.

Weisbart has served as a classroom teacher, 21st Century Community Learning Center facilitator, and school district administrator. She has also worked in sales, professional development and partnership management on the national level. She presents regularly to national audiences on grant writing and other education topics.

The webinar series will include:

Part 1 – 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 25, 2017: Understanding Grants.

It is important to learn and understand the language of grant-writing. In order to win a grant, the applicant must research, network and write to the funders’ priorities. This webinar will focus on the six core areas every grant is based on. It will also touch on forming partnerships designed to meet the needs of students while meeting the needs of a grant, and provide free resources to help schools seek out grants.

Part 2 – 3 p.m. EST Nov. 14, 2017: You have a grant.  Now what?

This webinar will focus on next-steps once a school’s initiative has been approved and funded including being (1) honest, (2) ethical (3) organized, and (4) compliant with the contract. Participants will learn how to make data the driving force and how to effectively focus on data-driven conversations, implementation and reporting.  This webinar will also address programming aspects, including: quality, funding, grant requirements and evaluation and how data plays a role in all of it.

Part 3 – 3 p.m. EST Dec. 7, 2017: How to make it sustainable (marketing meeting sustainability).

This webinar will focus on how to use data to advocate and promote a program to all key stakeholders, including clients, funders, possible funders, partners, internal stakeholders such as the school board and principals, and both local and national legislators. Knowing what the relevant data is and how to communicate it, is a must for showing an impact and opening doors to new opportunities. Most importantly, participants will learn how to recognize the value of each stakeholder. 

The webinar series is part of Aperture’s ongoing work to support educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools and programs. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.

“Implementing strong, comprehensive SEL programs in schools is one of the best ways to help students succeed in school, and in life,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of adopting a successful program is funding. Participants will gain valuable insight during this webinar series to help them get over that hurdle.”

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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