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What's Happening with DESSA
Latest Resources

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

Current Research Work

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.

The DESSA in Schools
The Anchorage Alaska School District has been partnering with Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) to use the DESSA and DESSA Mini as a system for screening and evaluating Social-Emotional Learning. Our Project with Anchorage Schools in the News Click Here To View Article


DESSA and Child Welfare
Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) School-Age Team to Pilot the DESSA in Foster Care

SCAN Inc., Fort Wayne, IN is collaborating with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) to use the DESSA and DECI resources and assessments to enhance and evaluate their Family Restoration Program

The DESSA and Committee for Children
The Committee for Children is collaborating with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) School-Age team to develop an understanding of how the DESSA aligns with the Steps to Respect Curriculum.

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Presentations

 Recent Presentations
  • Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Charleston, SC - 16th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, "Screening and Assessing Social-Emotional Competence: The DESSA Comprehensive System".

  • Saturday, April 30 - Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County Child Care Connections, "Fostering Resilience in Your Staff and Program" (full day workshop for ECE program administrators)

  • Monday, April 11, 2011- New Orleans, LA - American Educational Research Association, "Testing a Universal Screening Tool to Measure Student Social-Emotional Competence for Practicality, Reliability and Validity.

  • Friday, March 18, 2011- Philadelphia, PA - Temple University Annual School Psychology Conference, "Assessing and Promoting Social-Emotional Strengths: An Emerging Responsibility of School Psychologists"

  • Thursday, February 24, 2011- San Francisco -National Association of School Psychologists, "Screening and Assessing Social Emotional Competence: The DESSA Comprehensive System"

  • June 7, 2010 Phoenix, AZ - From birth through eighth grade... assessing, planning for, and promoting RESILIENCE. Workshop presented at the annual NAEYC Professional Development Institute.

  • June 7, 2010 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Assessing within-child protective factors from 1 month to 14 years of age. Workshop presented at the Pathways to Resilience II Conference: The Social Ecology of Resilience.

  • June 7, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ - From birth through eighth grade... assessing, planning for, and promoting RESILIENCE.  Workshop presented at the annual NAEYC Professional Development Institute.

  • May 1, 2010  – Denver, CO – Assessment in Social Emotional Learning: Lessons Learned from Policy, Practice and Research. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

  • April 12, 2010 – Spokane, WA – The Assessment of Social-Emotional Competencies of Students in Grades K-8.  Workshop presented at the “From Hope to Resilience Conference” sponsored by Washington State University.

  • March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Assessing social-emotional competence: How to respond to changing standards.  Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists.

  • March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – The DESSA-mini: A strength-based universal screener of students’ social-emotional competencies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists

  • March 5, 2010 – Chicago, IL – The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment: Relationship to Academic Achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists.”

  • 1-Hour DESSA Live Introductory Webinar, December 4, 2009
    PDF Icon1-Hour DESSA Webinar: Handouts
    PDF IconScales and Associated Items: Handout
    Click here to view the 1-Hour Webinar.

  • Mental Health in the Schools – Minneapolis, MN, November 2-4 2009

  • NYASP (New York Association of School Psychologists) White Plains, NY October 22-23, 2009

  • AACRC (American Association of Children’s Residential Centers) - Cleveland, OH, October 6-9, 2009

  • DESSA webinar hosted by Kaplan, September 24, 2009

  • DESSA Training with OH Dept. of MH, September 22, 2009

  • DESSA webinar hosted by Kaplan, August 27, 2009

  • DCRC Resources and Assessments presentation and meeting with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) Ft. Wayne, IN July 31, 2009

  • DESSA webinar hosted by Kaplan, July 30, 2009

  • National Association of School Psychologists, Boston, MA, Mini-skills workshop: The DESSA: A New Assessment of Social and Emotional Competencies. February 2009

  • Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP) Annual Fall Conference 2008, State College, PA - October 16, 2008

  • DESSA training for The Children's Trust Fund/The Family School Connection Program of Hartford, Connecticut - April 29, 2008

  • NASP 2008 - Relative Moderation of Within-Child and Family Protective Factors on Risk (Power Point)

  • Council for Exceptional Children 2006 Annual Conference Presentation (PowerPoint)

  • Council for Exceptional Children 2006 Annual Conference Presentation Handout

  • National Association of School Psychologists: March 28-31, 2006

  • Resilience in Children - Presented by the New York Academy of the Sciences: February 26-28, 2006

  • Georgetown University Training Institutes. “Adopting a Resiliency Framework for Promoting the Social-Emotional Health of Children within Systems of Care.” 2006

  • New York Association of School Psychologists: November 3-5, 2005
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