2022–2023 Second Step® Educator of the Year Awards
Every day, educators across the country use Second Step® social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to build safe, supportive environments where their students and colleagues can thrive.
This year, Committee for Children is celebrating the extraordinary work of 10 Second Step educators by recognizing their achievements and amplifying their stories so others can learn from their experiences.
Educator of the Year Awards
The 10 winners will each receive:
- A $500 honorarium to support their work
- Special recognition during our Second Step Educator Showcase
- An invitation to join our new Second Step Champion community
- A LinkedIn digital badge
Submit Your Nominations by May 12, 2023
Are you using Second Step programs to make a meaningful difference in your school community? Or do you know another educator who’s using the programs to create effective, innovative opportunities for SEL? Use the linked entry form to nominate yourself or a colleague for a Second Step Educator of the Year award.
All nominations will be judged by a panel of Committee for Children staff. Nominations will be made anonymous before they are considered.
There is qualitative or quantitative evidence that the nominee’s use of Second Step programs has had a positive effect on students’ SEL, classroom culture, school climate, or staff well-being.
The nominee demonstrates the ability to ensure there are strategies in place for systemic implementation to thrive. Where strategies do not yet exist, the nominee has advocated for or created solutions to address these gaps so all levels of the system are supported.
The nominee actively integrates SEL into their work with students or colleagues outside of Second Step lesson time.
The nominee demonstrates an ability to build a more equitable classroom or school community by incorporating equity components—including explicit attention to the culture, history, values, assets, and needs of the community—into SEL principles, strategies, frameworks, and implementation tools.
2022–2023 Award Timeline
- February 1: Nominations open
- May 12: Nominations close
- May 26: Finalists notified
- June 12: Winners announced
- August 22: Second Step Educator Showcase
Nominees must be currently employed educators working in a school or district that uses one or more Second Step social-emotional learning programs (teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, paraeducators, SEL coaches, and support staff are all eligible for the awards).
Nominees must live and work in the United States.
Nominees must be over the age of 18.
Read the full contest rules.