Second Step® Middle School: Schoolwide License

Building a Culture of Connectedness

Second Step® Middle School is modern, web-based, and responsive to the needs of today’s students and educators. With an easy-to-use interface, a full complement of nearly 200 advisory activities to reinforce weekly lessons, and program training, the program has everything educators need to help their students succeed socially, emotionally, and academically.

You'll need to designate a setup administrator, who will assign the school and license administrator for each license you purchase. We'll need their name and email address.

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Price $2,749.00$8,799.00


What’s Included

One, three, or five years of schoolwide access for all staff, as well as web-based access to all lessons, activities, program training, and schoolwide implementation tools and resources. For details, please see the License Agreement.

  • Second Step Lessons: 25-minute lessons distributed among four unit topics: Mindsets & Goals; Recognizing Bullying & Harassment; Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions; and Managing Relationships & Social Conflict
  • Advisory Activities: Choose from nearly 200 advisory activities, including Class Meetings, Class Challenges, Service-Learning Projects, and weekly Check-Ins and Check-Outs
  • Program Training: Unit Quick Start Guides provide lesson instructors with a concise, targeted overview of each unit’s skills and concepts, research, and teaching tips, while all-staff presentations provide school leaders with customizable, scripted presentation decks on essential topics for sustaining a high-quality program implementation all year long
  • Additional Resources: Academic lesson plans, family communications, alignment charts, and more
Scope of Lessons

Our teacher-led units have interactive, 25-minute lessons and discussion-based activities with distinct grade-level experiences. They address four key areas of social-emotional learning.

UNIT 1: Mindsets & Goals

7 lessons per grade

Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.

UNIT 2: Recognizing Bullying & Harassment

6 lessons per grade

Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment.

UNIT 3: Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions

6 lessons per grade

Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and apply strategies for managing their emotions and reducing stress.

UNIT 4: Managing Relationships & Social Conflict

7 lessons per grade (8 lessons for Grade 8)

Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict.

More to Explore

Scope and Sequence (PDF)
A complete list of units and weekly lesson topics for three grades of social-emotional learning (SEL).

Review of Research (PDF)
Social connectedness, growth mindset, and more: the program’s research underpinnings.

Advisory Program Guide (PDF)
The building blocks and flexibility you need to create an advisory program or adapt to an existing program.

Leadership Team Resources (PDF)
Guidance to reinforce your SEL knowledge, strategies, and skills in the classroom.

Academic and Behavioral Standards Alignments

Second Step® Middle School Academic Alignment (PDF)

CASEL Core SEL Competencies (PDF)

Restorative Practices Alignment (PDF)

ASCA Alignment (PDF)

Technical Requirements

Second Step® Middle School is accessed and taught entirely from You’ll need to be connected to the internet to access all parts of the program, including the lessons, program training, advisory activities, and Principal Toolkit. (Some resources are offered as downloadable PDFs.)

The program will function best when used on a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with a common, up-to-date web browser—such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge—and a current operating system.

Although it’s possible to view Second Step Middle School lessons on a mobile phone, we don’t recommend trying to project lessons from a phone for use in the classroom.

Visit our technical requirements page for more detailed documentation.