Panel to Discuss the Relationship between Social Emotional Learning and Preventative Mental Health during Oct. 16, 2019 Webinar

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 2:19 pm

Panel, including representatives from school districts and SEL organizations, to provide holistic view on how schools can address students’ mental health

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 11, 2019) — To help students succeed academically, schools must find ways to address their non-academic needs as well. One of the biggest of these is preventative mental health. On Oct. 16, 2019, a panel of educators and social-emotional learning (SEL) organizations will participate in a free webinar to provide insight into this important issue and discuss how schools can take a holistic approach to preventative mental health.

The webinar “SEL and Resilience: A Holistic Approach to Preventative Mental Health” is hosted by Aperture Education and will take place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 16, 2019. To register, visit The webinar will also be available on-demand to registrants.

“Student mental health is a huge concern for school administrators, teachers and staff, yet schools often struggle with determining the best approach to incorporate mental health support into their schools,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “This panel discussion will help with this dilemma by providing valuable insight and advice on how to incorporate protective factors, including SEL, into a school environment.”

During the webinar, panelists will address to the following questions:

  • How can community partnerships be used to support SEL in schools?
  • What are the challenges around integrating data and proper data use within a mental health framework?
  • What is the best way to integrate SEL skills into the classroom to build resiliency and promote positive mental wellness?
  • How can schools connect protective factors to the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) framework?

Panelists are:

  • Gina Hurley, Executive Director of Social-Emotional Learning and Student Services, Barnstable Public Schools
  • Katherine Thompson, Project AWARE Coordinator, Middletown Public Schools
  • Sherie Chapman, MSELI-School Social Worker, Middletown Public Schools
  • Bryan Clement, Director of Program and Partnerships and ACES Trainer, Dovetail Learning
  • Lisa-Anne Williams, Partnership Manager and Master Trainer, Aperture Education
  • Kim Williams, Professional Development Lead and Client Success Specialist, Aperture Education

The webinar is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to supporting social-emotional learning in schools and out-of-school time organizations. Aperture Education also provides research-informed SEL assessments and strategies for students in grades K-12 and recently authored a white paper about promoting resilience in vulnerable children through the use of SEL (click here to download:

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education specializes in social and emotional learning (SEL) solutions. Our flagship product, the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System, allows educators to measure, strengthen, and support social-emotional competence in youth in grades K-12. The DESSA System includes a suite of strength-based assessments, a universal screener that can be administered in less than a minute, and growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional competence. The DESSA System is lauded by researchers because it meets high standards for reliability and validity and is appreciated by educators for its ability to easily and quickly identify each student’s personal SEL strengths and provide practical supports that result in improved student outcomes. To support educators, we just launched the Educator Social Emotional Reflection and Training (EdSERT) tool. EdSERT is a professional development program to support the social-emotional competency and well-being of educators. For more information, go to