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DESSA in the news!

Click here to read an article in The Daily Herald on the use of the DESSA in promoting social and emotional learning in a school located in the greater Chicago area.

Upcoming Live Webinar Sessions on the DESSA and DESSA-mini
Join Paul LeBuffe, Co-Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, national trainer, and researcher, as he presents free, informational webinars on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and the DESSA-mini. Together, these tools provide a comprehensive system for assessing and monitoring the social-emotional strengths and needs of children, Kindergarten through 8th grade.

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1-2pm (East Coast Time) — To register, click here.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1-2pm (East Coast Time) — To register, click here.

To listen to a recorded session of the 1-Hour DESSA Comprehensive System Webinar, click here

DESSA Spanish Translation in Progress!
A translation and supporting research study are underway! Are you a bilingual Spanish and English Speaker? E-mail  Katherine Ross to participate in our research on the Spanish DESSA. Click Here To Download Flyer For the Study

DESSA Classroom Profile Macro Coming Soon!
A program for creating DESSA Classroom profiles electronically will be available soon.

DESSA Online Scoring Assistant Now Available!
Order the Online Administration Record forms and Scoring Report at K-5 Kaplan.

DESSA Mini Now Available!
The DESSA Mini is an 8-item Strength-Based Screener of Social-Emotional Competence in School-Age Children. Click Here

 Social-Emotional Learning: Assessment and Intervention Webinar Presentation
Designed for the Washington State School Psychology Association, February 19, 2010
To view the PowerPoint presentation handouts, click here
  To view supplemental handouts, click here

Press Release: DESSA Scores Correlate with Academic Achievment
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What is the DESSA?
The DESSA is a 72-item, standardized, norm-referenced behavior rating scale that assesses the social-emotional competencies that serve as protective factors for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

The DESSA can be used to:
  1. Identify social-emotional strengths and needs of elementary and middle school children.
  2. Produce classroom profiles that guide universal prevention strategies.
  3. Identify at-risk children who have specific social-emotional needs.
  4. Produce individual student profiles that guide targeted prevention strategies.
  5. For special education students, identify important strengths that can be incorporated into IEPs.
  6. Evaluate social-emotional learning outcomes at the child, class, grade, school and district level.
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DESSA Free Resources

Character Counts Crosswalk »
DESSA crosswalk

DESSA Classroom Profile »
Try this tool for building resilience with classrooms or groups of children!

DESSA and Responsive Classroom »
Check out this crosswalk to see how DESSA alligns with SEL Curricula.

DESSA and Steps to Respect »
Check out this crosswalk to see how DESSA alligns with SEL Curricula.

1-Hour DESSA Comprehensive System Webinar »
Check out this recorded webinar, presented by one of the authors, Paul LeBuffe!.


Resources for Young Children
Devereux Early Childhood Initiative »
Visit the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) website to learn about resources that the Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

Devereux Center for Resilient Children »
The mission of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is to promote social emotional development, foster resilience, and build skills for school and life success in all children and the adults who care for them. The DCRC brings together the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative and the Devereux School Age Team and provides resources for children birth through 8th grade. Visit the DCRC website to learn more.
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