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Second Step® Elementary Teacher's Guide: Part 1
Make a Strong Start
The beginning of the school year is a critical moment for your social-emotional learning (SEL) efforts. It offers the best opportunity to set the norms and start the relationship-building that are foundational to Second Step Elementary. This guide offers some simple tips and resources to support you as you begin this important work.
Before You Start
- Join the Second Step® Educator Community
- Review program training and supports
- Begin the year with community-building activities (included in Second Step® program materials), which help create a safe and supportive environment where students feel comfortable engaging with each other and participating in class
- Begin Unit 1
- Establish a routine that includes regular, quick morning meetings to check in with students and track the progress they’re making with SEL
- Host your first SEL-focused morning meeting
- Identify a few key program concepts—showing empathy and resolving conflicts, for example—to focus on, and reinforce lessons by using a common language for discussing social-emotional development
- Introduce families to SEL during curriculum nights and student conferences, and explain how you’re using Second Step Elementary to support their children’s social-emotional development and how they can reinforce key concepts and skills at home
Register to access digital teaching materials and additional training and support resources on the official website for the Second Step family of programs.
Classroom kit users: use the program activation key in your kit to register
Digital program users: you should receive an invitation to register from your license administrator
Program TrainingLogin Required
If you’re new to Second Step Elementary or switching to the new digital program, these training resources will show you everything you need to know to know about the program and SEL.
Classroom StrategiesLogin Required
Use these techniques, tools, and tips to get the most out of your program.
CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SELLogin Required
This section of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Guide to Schoolwide SEL offers research-based strategies for successfully integrating SEL into your classroom.
Anticipate, Reinforce, Reflect Process Login Required
These documents offer guidance on how to reinforce key Second Step skills and concepts throughout the school day.
Second Step® Community Rebuilding UnitLogin Required
Originally created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these free, stand-alone units offer a great way to start the school year and help students rebuild a sense of community.
Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL MattersLogin Required
Second Step®: Not Just Better Students, Better PeopleLogin Required
This short video introduces Second Step programs and is also great to share with your students’ families.
Join the Second Step® Educator Community
Tap into the collective wisdom of thousands of teachers around the nation—and the expertise of Committee for Children staff—in this free professional learning community (hosted on Facebook). Ask questions, learn in the company of peers, and share experiences and ideas to improve the program.
Visit the community’s Facebook page to join.