Resources for Educators and Families
Page Updates and Materials
We’re continually adding resources to this page that help support the social-emotional skills and well-being of students and adults.
What’s New: Check out our back-to-school resources—including new remote, hybrid, and in-person learning supports—designed to help you, your staff, and your students have a successful start to the school year.
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.
Index of Supports
These back-to-school resources—including new remote, hybrid, and in-person learning supports—are designed to help you, your staff, and your students have a successful start to the school year.
Second Step® Lesson Scripts
All Unit 1 lesson scripts for Second Step Early Learning and Second Step Elementary, including the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit and Second Step Child Protection Unit, are available online at SecondStep.org. Navigate as follows:
- Log in to your account and go to your Dashboard.
- Click “Resources” next to the grade and program you want lesson scripts for.
- Once you’re in the correct grade, click the “Teachers & Counselors” tab.
- Find and click “Downloads” in the blue navigation bar below the tab.
- In Downloads, you’ll find a hyperlink to All Weekly Theme Materials (for Second Step Early Learning) or All Lesson Materials (for Second Step Elementary).
Other units will be available via your enhanced program dashboard on August 28.
Suggested 2020–2021 Scope and Sequence Documents
These documents will help educators plan for a successful Second Step implementation whether their schools are teaching remotely, in-person, or with a hybrid of the two methods. The documents include social-emotional learning (SEL) activities for both students and staff. The social-emotional well-being of staff is just as important as that of students, especially this year, so the suggested staff activities should be considered an integral part of any Second Step implementation. Suggested 2020–2021 Scope and Sequence documents are available now:
Second Step Remote Adaptation Guide
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.
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.
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 middle school unit is now available, with the others to follow. 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 (coming soon)
Second Step Elementary Grades 2–3 Community Rebuilding Unit (coming soon)
Second Step Elementary Grades K–1 Community Rebuilding Unit (coming soon)
Second Step SEL for Adults Resilience During Crisis Module
We’re providing free access to a field-test version of this module ahead of its final release next year. Designed to guide school communities’ response to events that cause extreme stress, our 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.
On-Demand Second Step Lessons
NEW! Educators and families can now access Second Step emotion-management lessons for Grades K–5 on-demand, along with support materials for each lesson. All lessons are free (no login required) and feature Committee for Children staff who are experienced teachers and counselors.
The Imagine Neighborhood Daily Adventures
Second Step Problem-Solving Activities for Grades K–5
The Imagine Neighborhood podcast is proud to present special programming based on the Second Step Problem-Solving Unit. Designed for remote learning, these are research-based, family-friendly activities for every day of the week. Play, listen, move, and practice mindfulness while learning important social-emotional skills that will help make staying home a little more manageable and a lot more fun.
Week 1: Calming Down When Conflicts Arise
Week 2: Taking Others’ Perspectives
Week 3: Exploring Consequences of Actions
Week 4: Making Amends
Week 5: Listening and Respecting Boundaries
Week 6: Problem-Solving Steps and Tying It All Together
Educators and families can also sign up for The Imagine Neighborhood newsletter to get each week’s activities, along with additional resources, sent directly to their inboxes.
Online Professional Learning for Educators
Committee for Children is providing these online learning experiences free through December 31, 2020 to support continued professional and personal development during school closures.
Social-Emotional Learning for Adults
Support for Educators: It’s more important than ever to care for educators’ well-being. That’s why we’ve created a new, free resource to support them during this unprecedented period. Inspired by our upcoming adult social-emotional learning (SEL) program, the activity explores how practicing gratitude can help reveal positivity in difficult times.
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 December 31, 2020.
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.
Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Webinars
Learn about resources available from Committee for Children that support building social-emotional skills while learning remotely.
Supporting School Reentry with SEL
61 minutes - updated July 8, 2020
What’s Available: Second Step Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
50 minutes - updated May 8, 2020
Trauma-Sensitive Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
SEL Educators Unite! Supportive Online Communities of Practice
Middle School Online Advisory Programs During School Closures
55 minutes - updated May 19, 2020
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!
How to Create a SecondStep.org Account
Through December 31, 2020, families can access all the streaming media and downloadable content on SecondStep.org.
How to Create a Second Step Account
- Go to www.secondstep.org
- Under New Users, click ”Create Account”
- Complete the required fields
Add the Program Activation Key for the grade level of your student:
Early Learning: SSPE FAMI LY68
Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75
Guidance for Recording, Livestreaming, and Sharing Second Step Lessons and Media
Family Access to K-5 Songs, Photos, and Videos
Families can access K–5 lesson media through the Families tab of SecondStep.org. Instructions for how families can create an account are in each grade level’s Family Letter. Find Family Letters in your Second Step notebook or binder or online at SecondStep.org. Once families are registered, you can either ask them to log in and navigate to the media, or you can send them direct links to the specific songs, photos, and videos you’d like them to see.
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 December 31, 2020. 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.
3 Ways to Get Funding for Your Students
It’s more critical than ever to fund programs that support social-emotional learning. Find out more about three major sources of financial support that are currently available.