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Second Step Stories

Thousands of schools around the world and more than 15 million children benefit from Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) each year. What do they get out of the program? Students who are ready to learn. Educators with the tools to make a difference. Districts and schools that successfully build a connected community with a common language. And yes, improving academics.

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Create Successful Learners

Help students feel safe, supported, and ready to learn. Create a healthy learning environment and teach competencies that support the whole child for a lifetime of learning.

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Before, things in class were more chaotic, but now things are quieter and students are able to walk through situations with each other.

Early Learning Teacher, Western New York

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Empower Educators

Give teachers what they need to make a difference: more time for teaching, tools they can easily embrace, and help with what matters most—improving kids’ lives.

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They’re not even the same kids anymore.

Jeannie Larberg, Comprehensive Guidance Coordinator, Sumner School District, WA

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Provide a Common Language

Unify your school community. Get everyone on the same team, use language that builds relationships and student success, and build a positive school climate.

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Second Step puts into words the feelings and emotions that kids have and sometimes don’t know how to express.

Andrea Jennings, Graduate Student/Teacher, The Bridge Project, Denver, CO

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Improve Academics

Invest in each child’s potential. Give all students a better shot at success, boost attendance and graduation rates, and improve measures of academic performance.

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More Stories

Chicago, IL: Shared Vision of Success for Students of District 33
Tooele, UT: A District and Community Respond to Trauma
Anaheim, CA: A Cultural Shift Through Social-Emotional Learning
Buncombe County, NC: Linking Social-Emotional Learning to Academic Success
Southeast States: Early Learning Study Shows SEL Improves Academics
Boston, MA: A Focus on Behavioral Health
Everett, WA: Moving from All Students to Each Student
Georgia: State Funds Social-Emotional Learning and Child Protection
Austin, TX: A Bellwether of Districtwide Social-Emotional Learning
Mid Florida: A Head Start on Positive Relationships
Mid Florida: SEL Finds a Home in Head Start Classrooms
Carpentersville, IL: Schoolwide Success with Social-Emotional Learning
Lee County, FL: Community Funding for K-8 Social-Emotional Learning
Seattle, WA: Taproot Theatre Brings Bullying Prevention to Life
Chicago, IL: Walking the Talk with Second Step SEL
Western NY: Head Start Success with SEL and PEDALS
Western NY: Community Funding for SEL and PEDALS
Toppenish, WA: PBIS Team Embraces Social-Emotional Learning
Lexington, KY: School’s Rank Rises From 5th to 21st Percentile
Lexington, KY: Title I Funding for Social-Emotional Learning
Philadelphia, PA: Seeds of Success With Social-Emotional Learning
Seattle, WA: SEL Brought Back by Popular Demand
Seattle, WA: Real-World Skills for Productive Citizens
Slovakia: Ministry of Education Accredits Second Step
Pomona, CA: A Positive Change for Head Start Classrooms
Denver, CO: SEL Helps Kids Build Bridge to Better Future
Tukwila, WA: Kids Coaching Adults with SEL
Sumner, WA: Behavioral Turnaround with Social-Emotional Learning
University of Kansas: Eight-Week SEL Intervention Improves Behavior
Washington, DC: Becoming Problem-Solvers with Second Step SEL
Shawnee Mission, KS: Middle Schoolers Stand Up to Bullying Through Theater
Los Angeles, CA: Referrals Drop Dramatically with Second Step SEL
Seattle, WA: Title I Funding for Second Step SEL
Washington, DC: Referrals Drop from 12.3 to 7.1 Percent