November 14, 2019

S-CCATE: Online technology designed to enhance social emotional learning

School Compassionate Culture Analytical Tool for Educators

S-CCATE (School Compassionate Culture Analytical Tool for Educators) is a cutting edge, 21st century social emotional learning tool that helps educators vision, plan, and monitor progress toward the implementation of compassionate, trauma-informed practices in classrooms. The tool, a brief, validated assessment to be completed by teachers and other school personnel, is uniquely designed to guide teams of educators and whole school communities through the process of transformational change.

The S-CCATE, and its related supplementary assessment, are packaged solutions that use current research on the factors that improve well-being, executive functioning, and neuroplasticity among children and youth—all of which help students gain resiliency, alleviate trauma, and overcome barriers to learning and decision making. The approach, developed by CEI over a six year period with school leaders, is an outgrowth of CEI’s signature approach to social emotional learning and mindfulness, Heart Centered Learning®. It focuses on five Cs—consciousness (awareness), compassion, confidence, courage, and community—to equip educators to develop compassionate schools where students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, resolve conflicts nonviolently, think creatively, and overcome obstacles to succeed in the classroom and in life. Data from S-CCATE can be used to show progress in becoming a trauma-informed school and improvements in school culture and social-emotional learning.

S-CCATE also:
• Helps to interpret results of social emotional learning, identify strengths and needs, and plan professional development and interventions.
• Reports progress on “non-academic” factors aligned with ESSA (Every Student Succeed Act).
• Fosters alliance to address the needs of children and youth who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing significant trauma
• Accelerates adoption and implementation of mental health evidence-based practices.
• Provides publicly available, free training and technical assistance to elementary and secondary teachers, principals, school psychologists, and other school staff/whole school community.

How to Use S-CCATE Results. S-CCATE and the S-CCATE Supplement are designed to be used two to three times during the academic year. With both instruments, teachers, administrators, school psychologists, social workers, teacher aides, and other staff log on to a secure platform and answer questions about themselves, their students, and their school leadership according to their individual perceptions. The approach is designed to strengthen, value, and increase social-emotional competence, accelerate learning, and develop a sense of well-being for students, teachers, and the wider school community.

View our S-CCATE Demonstration/Tutorial

The Technology Behind S-CCATE. The technology platform is powered by TeachLink and Benda Engineering—a leading software and engineering design partnership that develops innovative solutions for schools and educators. Benda Engineering’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Nels Benda, PE said, “We are pleased to expand our technology offerings to include a custom tool, the S-CCATE, to help administrators, teachers, and other school staff enhance the culture of compassion in school communities.”

Getting Started with S-CCATE. If you and your school community are interested in learning more and reviewing data from our validation study, visit our online portal. S-CCATE is available to school districts and individual schools at an annual subscription rate. The packaged solutions begin with administration of S-CCATE, followed by guided professional development. S-CCATE subscriptions include up to three administrations annually. All data are confidential, reported in the aggregate, and stored on a robust, secure online platform. Schools/districts receive aggregated results and basic recommendations; they also have access to comparison results from our national data set and within the same school district. Value-added options, including S-CCATE Action Guides with specific customized recommendations for schools and districts, publications on mindfulness practices, and onsite training and technical support, can be purchased to accompany subscription packages.

School leaders at all levels are invited to contact CEI’s Director of Communications and Development Ingrid Padgett via email or phone (; 1-800-994-6441) for more information on how to bring the S-CCATE Assessment tools to their school communities.