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What Training Is Included with Second Step® Programs?

Every Second Step program includes training and support materials to ensure you get off to a great start and get the most out of our research-based curricula. The length and depth of the training varies, depending on which program you purchase.

Second Step® Early Learning

Overview

The Staff Training Toolkit included with this program is designed to support facilitator-led meetings throughout the year so you can:

  • Kick off the SEL program successfully
  • Check in with staff and monitor progress
  • Reflect on accomplishments and how to improve

Training Materials

  • Agendas for key staff meetings
  • Editable presentations
  • Videos
  • Infographic handouts

Time Required

2–3 hours of material to cover throughout the year

Second Step® Elementary Digital Program

Overview

The Second Step® Elementary digital program features a variety of resources to guide teachers, leaders, and staff through the program and understand their role in a successful implementation.

Training Materials

For lesson instructors:
Instructional training videos (coming soon) cover how to find and use program resources and how to teach the program. Teaching and classroom strategies are contextualized within program implementation.

Unit Quick Start Guides (coming soon) describe key concepts, the program’s research base, and best practices for achieving the desired program outcomes. Each Quick Start Guide is unique to each grade and unit. Lesson instructors should watch the Quick Start Guides before teaching each unit.

For schoolwide implementation:
For principals and other building leaders tasked with leading a schoolwide implementation of the Second Step Elementary digital program, there are three customizable presentations to use while training staff. Each presentation has a specific purpose and is designed to be delivered at a certain time during the school year. All presentations include slide scripting to make facilitation as easy as possible. By using these presentations according to schedule throughout the school year, school leaders ensure that social-emotional learning remains a priority for their students and staff.

  1. All-Staff Overview
  2. Mid-Year Check-In Presentation
  3. End-of-Year Check-In Presentation

An implementation snapshot document and accompanying instructional video (coming soon) help leaders get the most out of the provided planning and implementation resources.

Additionally, there are four all-staff unit overviews that provide support staff with training on what students are learning and how they can support, model, and reinforce those skills.

Time Required

Instructional videos, Unit Quick Start Guides, all-staff unit overviews: 5–7 minutes each

Staff presentations: Approximately 30–45 minutes each (45–60 minutes for the All-Staff Overview presentation)

Second Step® Elementary Classroom Kits

Overview

For elementary staff, we offer unlimited online training and support materials to help you:

  • Introduce Second Step, core SEL skills, and the research backing the curriculum
  • Successfully launch, teach, and assess the program
  • Understand how to reinforce skill use outside of lesson time

Training Materials

  • 3 video-based online training modules to introduce Second Step and how to use it successfully
  • A getting-started checklist
  • Strategies for teaching the SEL lessons
  • Tips and tools for managing classroom behavior
  • Formative assessments
  • Summative assessments
  • Home Links to boost family engagement
  • Forms to track teaching reflections, observations, and lesson completion

Time Required

60-90 minutes

Second Step® Middle School

Overview

We understand how busy life can be for middle school staff, so we’ve broken down the training into a flexible series of short learning experiences that can be completed prior to each unit. The Training section of the program includes two sets of program training materials: Unit Quick Start Guides for lesson instructors, and customizable presentations for school leaders to use with their staff.

Training Materials

For lesson instructors:

In the Unit Quick Start Guides, lesson instructors will familiarize themselves with key concepts, the program’s research base, and teaching strategies. Each Quick Start Guide is unique to each grade and unit. Lesson instructors should watch the Quick Start Guides before teaching each unit.

For schoolwide implementation:

For principals and other building leaders who are tasked with leading the schoolwide implementation of Second Step Middle School, there are four customizable presentations for training staff. Each presentation has a specific purpose and is designed to be delivered at a certain time during the school year. All presentations include slide scripting to make facilitation as easy as possible.

Because each school’s implementation is unique, customization of these presentations is required. Slide notes indicate where facilitators need to add information prior to presenting. By using these presentations as touchpoints throughout the school year, school leaders ensure that social-emotional learning remains a priority for their students and staff.

The four customizable presentations are:

  1. Staff Overview
  2. Responding to Bullying and Harassment
  3. Mid-Year Check-In
  4. End-of-Year Check-In

Time Required

Unit Quick Start Guides: 5–7 minutes each

Staff Presentations: Approximately 30–45 minutes each

Second Step® Out-of-School Time

Overview

This four-part training can be done in one session or broken into multiple sessions.

  • Part 1: What Is SEL and Why Is It Important?
  • Part 2: What’s in Second Step® Out-of-School Time and Where Do I Find It?
  • Part 3: How to Implement Second Step® Out-of-School Time Well
  • Part 4: How Do I Respond When Kids Disclose Abuse or Neglect?

Training Materials

Staff training presentation slide deck

Time Required

Approximately 3 hours

Second Step® Bullying Prevention Unit

Overview

Training for this unit is designed to ensure administrators and staff understand their specific roles in bullying prevention.

  • Principals and program coordinators learn how to develop effective bullying prevention policies and communication strategies
  • All staff learn to recognize and deal effectively with bullying
  • Educators and counselors learn how to teach the student lessons skillfully

Training Materials

3 online training modules, each designed for a specific audience:

  1. Principals and program coordinators
  2. All staff
  3. Staff who will teach the student lessons

Time Required

75–150 minutes

Second Step® Child Protection Unit

Overview

To support schoolwide efforts to protect children from abuse, we offer comprehensive, role-based training.

  • Administrators learn how to develop strategies and effective policies and procedures to reduce risks, both for students and staff
  • All staff learn how to recognize indicators of abuse and respond supportively
  • Educators and counselors learn to competently and confidently teach age-appropriate student lessons about sensitive topics, such as personal boundaries and touching safety

Training Materials

3 online training modules, each designed for a specific audience:

  1. Principals and program coordinators
  2. All staff
  3. Staff who will teach the student lessons

Time Required

75–150 minutes