Provide a Common Language
Unify Your School Community
Get Everyone on the Same Team
Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) provides language and tools, from perspective-taking to calming down techniques, that everyone can use—on the playground, in the classroom, from school to school, and at home. All members of the community can use its lessons, concepts, and skill sets to reinforce competencies and help children solve everyday challenges.
“If a student is at one school and they go to another school, we have the same common language across our district, but we also are not missing or repeating lessons.”
Julie Spindler, Safe Schools Coordinator
“The parents can interact with the kids at home and make sure [of] that common language, and just reinforce what we’ve taught in the classroom is happening at home as well.”
Terri Chynoweth, Principal
Use Language that Builds Relationships
Learning words for feelings, emotions, and interpersonal dynamics is the first step in working with others and resolving conflict. It can be challenging for kids to convey the emotions they experience. With Second Step, they’ll get the tools to find common ground, become more self-sufficient, solve problems on their own, and ask for help in a productive way.
Work Together to Build a Positive School Climate
When we all use the same words—for emotions, situations, and behavioral dynamics—it promotes empathy and understanding between students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community. Second Step provides a shared emotional vocabulary that can create lasting systemic change.
“We have seen the respect level rise, we’ve seen how a child can go home—and actually change a home, and that’s our motivation. If you can change a home, you can possibly change a community.”
Charles Dunlap, Dean of Students
“Teaching Second Step has been very enlightening to me, my coworkers, and the kids. Everybody’s learning the same vocabulary, and it really works.”
Terie Stevenson, Fifth-Grade Teacher
“When we’re creating these bonds, when we’re creating this positive interaction, we’re giving these kids tools that they can use for the rest of their lives.”
Sgt. Tanya Kalma, Tooele City