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Aperture Education’s 2021 Back-to-School Guide Helps Teachers Support Social and Emotional Learning this School Year

Free, downloadable guide provides SEL activities and resources for students, educators, and families

Charlotte N.C. (August 17, 2021) — Social and emotional learning (SEL) will play an important role this school year to help students process the events of the past 18 months and re-focus on learning. Aperture Education, the leading provider of researched-backed SEL assessments for K-12 schools, has released its free 2021 Back-to-School Guide to help teachers and administrators support students and families as schools resume. The Guide is packed with SEL information, resources, lessons, and activities that can be used to help teachers and students manage stress, strengthen SEL skills, support student engagement, and more. To download the 2021 Back-to-School Guide, visit

“As we head into a new school year focused on learning recovery and acceleration – and hopefully returning to a sense of normal, we need all hands on deck to support students,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “The resources in our Back-to-School Guide will help district leaders, teachers, and parents as they work together to support students’ wellbeing as school resumes.”

Resources and tips in the Guide include:
Strengthening Students’ Resilience
Getting Teachers and Students Back On-Track in 2021–22 with SEL
6 Ways to Build Strong Teacher-Student Relationships with SEL
Reduce Chronic Absenteeism with SEL
Manage Your Stress This Year With SEL
Manage Your Students’ Stress This Year With SEL
10 Social and Emotional Learning Activities for Grades K–8
10 Social and Emotional Learning Activities for Grades 9–12
Seen and Heard: 4 Examples of How to Incorporate Student Voice, Choice, and SEL
Supporting Schools, Educators, and Staff
Revitalize Student Engagement with an Inclusive, Supportive School Culture
8 Tips for Leading Highly Effective SEL Professional Development
SEL Funding: Using CARES Act and The American Rescue Plan Funding for SEL
Helping Families Build SEL at Home, including an SEL FAQ letter schools can share with parents
SEL Resources for Families

The guide is broken into three sections: “Strengthening Students’ Resilience,” “Supporting Schools, Educators and Staff,” and “Helping Families Build SEL at Home” to help users easily find the types of resources they need depending on their role in the school or district.

The Back-to-School Guide is an example of Aperture Education’s work to support educators, administrators, parents, and out-of-school time programs in promoting SEL in classrooms and homes. The company also offers regular webinars, an SEL conference, the EdSERT professional development program for teachers, and downloadable strategies and resources for families.

To learn more about Aperture Education, visit

About Aperture Education 

Aperture Education empowers over 3,000 schools and out-of-school time programs across North America to measure, strengthen, and support social and emotional competence in K-12 youth and educators. This system enables education leaders to make strategic, data-based decisions about SEL within their organizations. The Aperture System includes the DESSA suite of strength-based assessments, CASEL™-aligned intervention strategies, and robust reporting, all in one easy-to-use digital platform. Aperture has supported more than one million students in their social and emotional growth and continues to develop innovative solutions to bring the whole child into focus. To learn more, visit  

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