Student Resilience in School-Age Youth

Why Student Resilience Matters

DCRC’s School-Age Initiative focuses on promoting the social-emotional competence of children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Student resilience is key to success in school and beyond, so we are excited to share our resource with you.

Central to the School-Age Initiative are two innovative rating scales designed to screen, assess, guide intervention planning, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes related to social-emotional competence and resilience.

Designed for parents, teachers and after-school program staff to complete, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and the DESSA-mini provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to support children’s healthy social-emotional development.

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~ Assessment leader Apperson today announced major updates to its award-winning Evo Social & Emotional (SEL) online assessment tool. Evo SEL 2.0 enhances an already sophisticated tool by adding a fresh new look, streamlined functions for both administrators and educators and improved efficiency, making it faster and easier to screen students for social and emotional competencies. Read more!

~ Apperson, Inc., the publisher of the DESSA, was named a finalist in the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. Apperson, Inc. has developed a robust electronic platform that supports the administration and reporting features of the DESSA assessment. Read more>>

~ Considering the use of the DESSA to measure outcomes for individual children, groups of children, and/or for program improvement purposes? Download a document that provides the rationale for examining outcomes along with providing specific approaches for measuring outcomes. View document>>

~ The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They list the DESSA as one of the suggested resources for supporting effective learners. Learn more>>

~ Competent Kids Caring Communities, is a multi-level, evidenced-based intervention that helps schools build a strong social and emotional support system for student learning. The DESSA can help to both assess and measure outcomes of the Competent Kids, Caring Communities Approach. Learn more>>