Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)
We are excited to let you know that your student’s teacher will be participating in the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Program.
The goal of this program is for teachers and families to identify and enhance a student’s social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, which are essential to academic achievement. Social skills include making and keeping friends, showing respect for others, and resolving disagreements in positive ways. Emotional skills include being able to recognize their own and others’ emotions, and showing healthy self-control.
The DESSA is a strength-based behavior rating scale that measures the social and emotional skills that help students do well in school, at home, and in the community. Your student’s teacher will complete the eight-item strength-based checklist both now and again in the spring based on direct observations of your adolescent’s daily interactions at school. In addition, the teachers may periodically complete this form to monitor a student’s progress throughout the year. Students do not personally complete any part of the skill check, and the program does not affect their classroom learning time.
Teachers will use the DESSA Program to help our youth be more successful in school. In addition, teachers will share information about activities that can be done at home to build social and emotional skills for adolescents. We are working to improve your student’s education by ensuring it meets their unique needs.
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If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact our social worker, Stacey McGauley (email@example.com). If you would prefer that your student’s social and emotional learning skills not be reviewed, please notify Mrs. McGauley before Wednesday, October 23rd.
Please also look for a letter to come home this week with your student.
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