Social-Emotional Learning Program
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is foundational in the development of a safe, supportive, and respectful school climate that promotes student success, school connectedness, and helps to prevent problem behaviors.
The Second Step Program is a comprehensive, developmental evidence-based social-emotional learning program for early learning through grade 8 that focuses on the teaching of self-regulation and skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.
Second Step is recognized in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). It is aligned with the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) as a universal Tier 1 intervention addressing Positive Behavior Intervention Support and may also be used as a Tier 2 or 3 intervention to address group and individual needs.
In addition, Second Step is aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success in the academic, career, and personal-social domains as well as the California Office to Reform Education’s (CORE) social-emotional skills domain of the Social Quality Improvement Index (SQII).
Several local school districts, intermediate units, and early learning programs have adopted the Second Step program.
The Second Step program is currently implemented in grades K, 1, and 2 district-wide.
Resource: Committee for Children Website