Promoting student choice through SEL self-assessment



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-driven, 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 and most recently the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) for grades K-12.These assessments have been adopted by more than 5,000 school districts, out-of-school-time programs, and early care and education programs both in the United States and internationally.More than 10 million children and youth have been assessed with these tools and the results used by professionals 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. Paul lives in Downingtown, PA with his wife, Penny, a special education teacher.


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