Creates new tools to support school districts that use Aperture Education

Charlotte NC (June 23, 2022) – A new tool in Aperture Education helps schools and districts in more strategic ways to support students using popular Harmony SEL curricula as well as Aperture DESSA SEL assessment data. The Harmony SEL crosswalk identifies areas where DESSA aligns with the Harmony curriculum. It helps schools and districts understand how to differentiate support in Harmony lessons to have the greatest impact on students.

Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education, said: “There are many tools available to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and sometimes it can be difficult to see where they fit.” “More than 45,000 schools use the Harmony SEL curriculum and many of them use DESSA. We’ve created a crosswalk to make it easier to understand how DESSA data and Harmony SEL lessons can be used together to help students and measure curriculum effectiveness. “

Harmony SEL is an SEL program for pre-K6 grade students whose units are “empathy and critical thinking”, “problem solving,” and “communication”. Each unit contains lessons to help students strengthen and practice their SEL skills.

The strength-based DESSA SEL of Aperture Education assesses students’ skills in eight areas: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, goal-oriented behavior, personal responsibility, decision-making, and optimistic thinking. It helps schools identify students’ strengths and areas where they need additional support

When schools use both DESSA and Harmony SEL, Crosswalk identifies which skills are measured by DESSA in each Harmony lesson. It helps educators understand how to use DESSA data to better support their students.

For example, if DESSA data indicates that several students in a teacher’s class need assistance in making decisions, teachers can use crosswalk to identify which Harmony SEL lessons teach those skills so that they can provide more assistance in implementing those lessons. Class

When used in a multi-tiered system of support, crosswalks can also be used to identify where complementary instructional programming is needed in Tier 2 and Tier 3. Crosswalk also helps schools and districts use DESSA data to measure Harmony results. SEL program.

Nick Yoder, Harmony’s senior director, said: “We are excited to see this detailed alignment to better support educators as they make instructive decisions to help students develop socially and emotionally. “Teachers value the use of data in making informed decisions about how to make the best use of Harmony programs and resources, and feel that this alignment is a great start.”

For more information and to download Harmony SEL Crosswalk for free, visit

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education K-12 has strengthened more than 6,500 school and out-of-school time programs across North America to measure, strengthen and support the social and emotional skills of youth and educators. The DESSA suite of power-based assessments in aperture systems, CASEL™ – lined up intervention strategies and powerful reporting, are all included in one easy-to-use digital platform. This arrangement enables education leaders to make strategic, data-driven decisions about SEL within their organization. Aperture has helped more than a million students grow socially and emotionally, and continues to develop innovative solutions to bring the whole child into focus. To learn more, visit

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