Resources for Educators and Families
Index of Supports
Each of the resources offered on this page (individually or together, the “Resource”) is for educational use only by parents, families, and teachers with students currently learning online due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Resource has been created by Committee for Children and all intellectual property and other property rights, including copyright, are owned and controlled by Committee for Children. Please see the legal notice below.
Start Here: 2020–2021 Second Step® Plan
These documents will help educators plan for a successful Second Step® implementation whether their schools are teaching remotely, in-person, or with a hybrid model. The documents include:
- Suggested Implementation Plan, including staff supports and student activities
- Summaries of all our new back-to-school supports
Advice on how to prioritize content to best meet the needs of students and staff when time is limited
Second Step® SEL for Adults Resilience During Crisis Module
Designed to guide school communities in responding to events that cause extreme stress, this module will help teachers and school leaders strengthen their own resilience as well as recognize the signs of students in need of mental health supports. Free public access available through December 31, 2020.
Remote and Hybrid Learning Supports
Schools that remain closed can use this guide to adapt all levels of the Second Step program to meet their needs. This guide is grounded in feedback and direct observation of remote Second Step lessons.
Second Step Hybrid Adaptation Guide
Schools that are open part-time can use this guide to adapt all levels of the Second Step program to meet their needs.
This guide provides supports for establishing remote Class Meetings and using those meetings to maintain a sense of community among students during school closures. This guide has a mix of general strategies and specific activities.
Second Step Middle School Remote Learning Advisory Guide
This is a revision of our existing guide that supports schools in establishing remote advisory programs and using those programs to maintain a sense of community while schools are closed. It contains both general teaching strategies and specific advisory activities.
Recommendations for Teaching the Second Step® Bullying Prevention and Child Protection Units Remotely
Bullying Prevention Unit Remote Teaching Recommendations
Child Protection Unit Remote Teaching Recommendations
Second Step Community Rebuilding Unit
This is a new, five-lesson unit that can be used to help rebuild students’ connections to school in the wake of extended school closures. There will be separate sets of lessons for Kindergarten–Grade 1, Grades 2–3, Grades 4–5, and middle school. The unit includes strategies educators can use to help foster a positive, supportive school environment. The lessons are designed to be taught when schools first open for in-person instruction, whenever that date comes.
Second Step Middle School Community Rebuilding Unit
Second Step Elementary Grades 4–5 Community Rebuilding Unit
Second Step Elementary Grades 2–3 Community Rebuilding Unit
Second Step Elementary Grades K–1 Community Rebuilding Unit
The Imagine Neighborhood Season 2
Starting school in an ever-changing COVID world can be overwhelming, and The Imagine Neighborhood is here to help with new episodes. This season talks about handling changes and unknowns, diversity and equity, grief and loss, and as always, building the social-emotional skills for solving problems and handling big feelings. The episodes are aligned with the Second Step program units on growth mindset, feelings, empathy, and problem-solving. Each episode includes discussion questions and activity ideas to make staying home a little more manageable and a lot more fun.
Educators and families can also sign up for The Imagine Neighborhood newsletter to get each week’s episode and discussion topics sent right to their inboxes.
Online Professional Learning for Educators
Committee for Children is providing these online learning experiences free through June 30, 2021 to support continued professional and personal development during school closures.
Child Protection Unit All-Staff Training
Extended school closures have made many students vulnerable to abuse and neglect. To help schools recognize and respond effectively to signs of abuse and neglect, Committee for Children is providing free access to our Child Protection Unit All-Staff Training through June 30, 2021.
Please note, we cannot offer a certificate of completion for this version of the training.
K-5 Child Protection Unit All-Staff Training Module
Early Learning Child Protection Unit All-Staff Training Module
Bullying Prevention Unit All-Staff Training
Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent bullying is to train all school staff on how to respond to it. This online training course from our Bullying Prevention Unit helps staff develop ways to effectively identify and deal with bullying throughout their school. This module is easy to implement and will help make a difference in students’ lives.
Please note, we cannot offer a certificate of completion for this version of the training.
Bullying Prevention Unit Training Module
Free Live Webinars
Learn about and register for our upcoming live webinars, which are designed to support educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also webinars available on Second Step program information.
Explore our library of on-demand webinars. We offer both Second Step program information and webinars on other topics related to social-emotional learning in education.
Grow Kinder (at Home) Podcast
Grow Kinder (at Home) is a series of mini podcast episodes designed to help educators and families through the dramatic changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. With discussion topics ranging from teacher self-care and reopening schools to supporting anxious kids and managing screen time, Grow Kinder (at Home) explores real-life challenges and how we can overcome them by using our social-emotional skills and practicing empathy.
Free Resources for Educators and Families
We’re dedicated to supporting the social-emotional skills and well-being of children and the adults in their lives. Available year-round, these free resources are more relevant now than ever.
DIY SEL Summer Camp
Our online summer camp can help kids ages 1–14 learn social-emotional skills, science, social studies, math, and more!
Free SEL Activities
Free Second Step activities for children ages 5–13 for remote learning or for families to do with kids.
Second Step SEL Passport
Help Grades K–5 students reinforce their social-emotional skills at home or as part of your remote-learning plan.
The Imagine Neighborhood
Our free podcast is designed to help kids and families tackle the big feelings that come with growing up.
Practice mindfulness during this difficult time with free sessions designed for adults to do alongside children.
Little Children, Big Challenges
Help young children face significant challenges with videos, songs, family resources, and printable downloads.
In comics and with fun activities, our bullying prevention superhero shows how everyone can help stop bullying.
Hot Chocolate Talk
Our research-based how-to guide takes the guesswork out of what to say to your child about sexual abuse.
Real teens and their parents address hot-button topics to help others with useful advice, videos, and resources.
Put up a few visual reminders to help your kids name their feelings and learn how to manage them, too!
Guidance for Recording, Livestreaming, and Sharing Second Step Lessons and Media
Livestreaming and Recording Lessons
Committee for Children understands that many educators are looking for ways to share social-emotional supports with their students during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know there is a growing need for many schools to provide instruction and classroom materials online.
If you have access to your Second Step curricula and teaching materials, we’ve expanded permission to use these materials for secure, remote presentation of student lessons on the Terms & Conditions below, through June 30, 2021. This extended permission allows you to:
- Prerecord your student lessons;
- Livestream and simultaneously record your student lessons;
- Upload a recording of each student lesson to a password-protected environment; and
- Use password-protected recordings for any student lesson in your school that’s permitted under your Second Step license.
Except for permitting remote student lessons, the scope of your Second Step license is unchanged. This means you do not have permission to make copies of, remotely share, or modify the Second Step curricula or related teaching materials or use these materials for schools, classrooms, or students not already covered.
The full Terms & Conditions are available here.
Prerecorded Second Step® Emotion-Management Lessons
In spring 2020, Committee for Children recorded lessons for the Second Step® Emotion Management Unit for Early Learning through Grade 5. This was an emergency measure to support teachers who didn’t have access to their kits because of school closures.
We are not planning to create more recorded lessons. Like everyone, we’ve learned a great deal since the spring about best practices to engage students through remote learning. We believe that students get the most out of Second Step programs when lessons are adapted by their school staff, whom they know and who know their unique needs. For more information on best practices for adapting Second Step lessons, see our Remote Adaptation Guide and Hybrid Adaptation Guide.
This fall we’ll provide online access to the full lesson scripts for Early Learning through Grade 5, giving teachers everything they need as the primary instructors of social-emotional learning for their students.
The existing recorded lessons will remain available. Please feel free to use these lessons as examples of how lessons might be adapted for remote learning.