“Staff can see students really responding and changing their behavior.”
Community Unit School District 300—the sixth-largest school district in Illinois—started
Second Step in one school in 2012, and since then the program has spread rapidly based
on strong buy-in from schools.
When it reached Lakewood School (fifth and sixth grade), teachers praised its engaging content, but struggled
to fit it into their schedules. So Lakewood built in a dedicated
Second Step period every Monday and paired each core teacher with another teacher or staff member
to co-teach the lessons. Now everyone from the principal to the paraeducators teaches the same social-emotional
concepts at the same time. This whole-school approach has led to an improved school climate, where students
can calm themselves down, choose appropriate actions, and resolve conflicts.
“We all had the same common language, so when any staff member asked students to apply specific skills, they
knew what we were asking them to do,” Principal Brittany Porsche says. “Staff can see students really
responding and changing their behavior.”
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