Aperture Education Launches Essay Contest with $1,000 College Scholarship Prize


Interested students submit an essay describing the non-academic skills that helped them get through high school


Charlotte N.C. (April 12, 2017) — Succeeding in high school and college often requires more than just good grades. Strong social and emotional skills are also important. To highlight this, Aperture Education has launched an essay contest asking high school seniors and college students to write about the non-academic skills that helped them get through high school. The public will vote on the essays and Aperture will choose a winner from the three essays receiving the most votes. This individual will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Participants must submit their essay by July 31, 2017. For more information or to submit an entry, visit http://www.apertureed.com/funding/scholarship/.


To enter the contest, participants must answer this question in 300 to 400 words:


What non-academic skill helped you get through high school? How did you acquire this skill (maybe a sports team or a specific event in your life)?  How will you apply this skill to your time in college?”


Qualifying submissions will be posted online on August 4, 2017 and the public will be invited to vote until August 15, 2017 for their favorite.  The essay contest is open to students between the ages of 16 and 22 who are graduating from high school in 2017 or who are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.


“Social and emotional skills are so important to a child’s lifelong success,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “Skills such as being able to make good decisions build healthy relationships and communicate well with peers, co-workers and bosses help students tremendously in high school, college and beyond. We hope this essay contest will get students thinking about these non-academic skills as they look toward the future.”


The essay contest is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support students’ social and emotional health. Aperture Education works with educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers who are implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools. Aperture Education provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help organizations address the whole child. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.


Aperture Education offers products and services to support SEL programs, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-12 online assessment and intervention tool. It uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and implement individualized, classroom and school-wide strategies for instruction and intervention.



About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social-emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online platform includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-Mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.


CEV Multimedia Launches Law Enforcement Course Materials

Cloud-based iCEV platform offers new resources to educate students in seeking careers in law enforcement 

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 12, 2017) – Over the last 30 years, law enforcement agencies and employment has grown by 35 percent, employing nearly 650,000 full-time personnel in approximately 18,000 state and local law agencies nationwide, according to the Bureau for Justice Statistics and U.S. Department of Justice. To continue to train and provide practical learning opportunities for prospective law enforcement and police officers, CEV Multimedia announces the release of a new law enforcement course that will help prepare students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Delivered through iCEV, an online learning platform, and created to align with state and national standards, the Law Enforcement course will offer lessons focused on public safety systems & agencies, criminal justice terminology, U.S. Constitution basics, criminal justice & court systems, community-oriented policing, evidence collection, vehicle traffic stops, arrest procedure and more.

To read the full news release, visit here.


New Online Report Card Tool Demonstrates How States Can Provide Parent-Friendly, School-Level Data to their Communities

Washington, D.C. – Today, ExcelinEd launched KnowYourFloridaSchool.org, a model online school report card that serves as a prototype for states seeking to empower and inform parents and communities with transparent, understandable school data. As states work to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), KnowYourFloridaSchool.org is a real-world, replicable example of how states can reinvent school reporting and better communicate a variety of school-level data to parents.
“Transparent, user-friendly school report cards are a vital tool to empower parents with school data and the information they need to engage proactively with school leaders on behalf of their child. A school report card not only supports accountability requirements in ESSA, it also spurs improved school performance to ensure all children receive a quality education.”

Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO

Making Data Parent-Friendly
From student performance and school information to the details of Florida’s school grades, KnowYourFloridaSchool.org uses real data to put information about more than 3,000 local schools into context. It demonstrates how a user-friendly, online report card can help parents easily access, understand and utilize valuable school data. Highlights include:

  • “Parent empowerment statements” on each school page encourage parents to start conversations about their child’s education with teachers and principals.
  • Dynamic search and comparison features make it easy for users to find and compare schools.
  • Mobile-friendly design promotes widespread access and encourages social media and email sharing so parents can access school information anytime, anywhere.

Providing a Template and Resources for States
KnowYourFloridaSchool.org supports state implementation of ESSA by providing a real-world example of school-level accountability data presented in a parent-friendly format.

  • The prototype is built using open source code, meaning the code powering the tool is available free online.
  • Open source code allows developers at state education agencies to use KnowYourFloridaSchool.org as a framework to build their own online school report card, customized to fit that state’s accountability system and with potential cost-savings to taxpayers.
  • Know Your School Project has resources to support state implementation, which are featured on the site, including a series of case studies providing insights and best practices based on ExcelinEd’s work developing the prototype.

The Know Your School Project is a result of ExcelinEd’s My School Information Design Challenge, which was one of the first efforts to address the ongoing challenge for states on how to improve their data reporting and community engagement. The winners of the design challenge, Collaborative Communications Group and Social Driver, partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and ExcelinEd to create Know Your Florida School, bringing the project full circle.

Watch the Know Your School Video or visit www.KnowYourFloridaSchool.org to learn more.