Middle School Program Updates
Updates Coming for the 2020-21 School Year
We’re making it easier for Second Step Middle School instructors to teach the skills students need to succeed. Based on user feedback and the latest research in adolescent development and social psychology, we’re updating our digital program to be even more responsive to the needs of today’s classrooms.
This enhanced social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum includes:
- A new bullying and harassment unit
- Relatable scenarios for students
- Greater differentiation between grade levels
- Additional interactive activities to keep students engaged and learning
Check back here for the most up-to-date information from our researchers and program developers at Committee for Children.
In August 2020, all current Middle School Program users will be able to automatically access the new updates. Keep an eye on the Second Step Middle School Program website for more details as we get closer to the updated program’s release.
Updated Social-Emotional Learning Lessons
Our teacher-led units now have more interactive lessons and discussion-based activities with distinct grade-level experiences.
25-Minute Lessons | 6–8 Lessons Per Unit
Mindsets & Goals
Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
Recognizing Bullying & Harassment
Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment.
Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions
Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and they learn to apply strategies for managing their emotions and reducing stress.
Managing Relationships & Social Conflict
Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict.
Scope & Sequence
Review of Research
We’re constantly learning about the skills and concepts that can make a positive difference at this age, from growth mindset and emotion management to social connectedness. Drawing from the latest research in the field, our program helps students manage strong emotions, make good decisions, and create strong friendships while avoiding or de-escalating conflict.
Download the Review of Research (PDF)