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Addressing Social Emotional Learning and Fostering Growth Mindsets in Schools: From Assessment to Intervention

  • 24 Mar 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Grappone Conference Center, Concord NH


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Addressing Social Emotional Learning and Fostering Growth Mindsets in Schools: From Assessment to Intervention

NHASP Annual Spring Conference

Friday, March 24, 2017

7:45 a.m. - Registration

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop

Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue, Concord NH

Presented by:

Paul A. LeBuffe, M.A.

Vice President for Research and Development

Aperture Education

Download the Brochure by Clicking the Link Below

2017 Spring Conference Brochure FINAL.pdf

Who should attend?

This presentation is appropriate for school psychologists, psychologists, teachers, and other professionals interested in learning more about social-emotional learning and growth mindsets.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, 

participants will be able to:

1. Define social and emotional competence and discuss current research demonstrating its importance to student success.

2. Relate the promotion of social and emotional competence to the NASP Practice Framework.

3. Describe a comprehensive approach to screening, assessing, promoting, and evaluating student social and emotional competencies.

4. Discuss the impact of school personnel’s social and emotional competence and resilience to effective teaching and student support practices.

5. List at least two of their own social and emotional strengths related to resilience and describe how to select and implement strategies to promote their own resilience.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all New Hampshire licensees. NHASP is a NASP-approved provider of CPD hours and Certificates of Attendance will be accepted toward NCSP. NHPA and NHASP maintain responsibility for this program and its contents. A total of 5.5 CE credits/CPD hours will be awarded for this event. Difficulty Level: INTERMEDIATE.

Social Emotional Learning and Growth Mindsets in Schools: From Assessment to Intervention

Research conducted over the past two decades clearly shows that social and emotional competence is essential for school success. Recognizing the importance of these skills, the New Hampshire Department of Education recently joined a sev-en-state collaborative to advance “Next Generation Learn-ing (NxGL)” which promotes social and emotional learning and advocates for a data-driven framework to set goals, assess progress and ensure student outcomes. In addition, the NHDOE “Work Study Practices” stresses the founda-tional nature of social and emotional competence. This full-day workshop will begin with a review of current research on social and emotional learning with special attention paid to growth mindsets. Participants will next be provided with a practice-oriented overview of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Comprehensive System and its applications within a multi-tiered system of supports. The day will conclude with a focus on the importance of provider social and emotional competence and resilience. Partic-ipants will be provided with a research-informed tool for evaluating their own resilience as well as strategies to pro-mote self-care.

About the Presenter

Paul LeBuffe is the Vice President for Research and Development for Aperture Education (Apertureed.com). He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and received his Master's degree in experimental psychology from Bryn Mawr College. For the past 25 years, Paul’s career has focused on strength-based approaches to promoting social and emotional competence and resilience in children, youth, and the adults who care for them. Believing that such approaches should be data-drive, Paul has authored many widely-used, strength-based assessments of behaviors related to children and adolescents’ social and emotional strengths and needs including the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants (DECA-I), Toddlers (DECA-T) Preschoolers (DECA-P2), and most recently, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). These assessments have been adopted by more than 5,000 school districts, out-of-school-time programs, Head Start, and other early care and education programs both in the United States and internationally. More than 6 million children and youth have been assessed with these tools and the results used by professional and parents to promote their social and emotional competence, foster their resilience and build the skills these children will need for school and life success.

In addition to the assessments mentioned above, he has authored numerous research articles and chapters on resilience and related topics. Paul has presented to varied audiences including psychologists, teachers, school administrators, out-of-school-time professionals, and parents throughout the United States and internationally on promoting resilience in children, youth, and adults. Paul lives in Downingtown, PA with his wife, Penny, a special education teacher.


7:45 a.m.: Registration Opens

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Session #1

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break

10:15 - Noon: Morning Session #2

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Afternoon Session #1

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Break

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Afternoon Session #2

3:30 p.m.: Conference Ends

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