Second Step Middle School Program: Schoolwide License

Building a culture of connectedness

The Second Step Middle School Program 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 online professional learning, 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; web-based access to all lessons, activities, professional learning, additional tools and resources; and for four administrative-level users, access to the principal toolkit. For details, please see the License Agreement.

  • Second Step Lessons: 76 lessons distributed among four unit topics: Mindsets and Goals; Values and Friendships; Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions; and Serious Peer Conflicts. 26 lessons are included for Grade 6, 25 for Grade 7, and 25 for Grade 8.
  • Advisory Activities: 183 in total, with 2 Check-In and Check-Out Templates, 79 Class Challenges, 80 Class Meetings, and 24 Service-Learning Projects.
  • Professional Learning: 5 modules, with the option of either an Individual or Facilitator-Led version for larger groups. Topics are: mindsets, positive relationships, integrating social-emotional learning into academics, making plans, and case study examples.
  • Additional Resources: Academic lesson plans, SEL rubrics, family communications, academic and behavior standards alignment, and more.
Scope of Lessons

The program’s weekly lessons take approximately 25 minutes and require minimal prep time. They address four key areas of SEL.

UNIT 1: Mindsets & Goals

6 lessons per grade (7 in Grade 6)

Students develop a growth mindset and learn research-based strategies for achieving goals. Lessons can be applied to social and academic aspects of their lives.

UNIT 2: Values & Friendships

5 lessons per grade

Students learn to make decisions based on their personal values, build strong friendships and relationships, and avoid negative relationships. (This unit is called Values & Relationships in Grade 8.)

UNIT 3: Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions

5 lessons per grade

Students learn about the relationship between thoughts, and emotions, decisions, and strategies for staying in control when they’re experiencing strong emotions.

UNIT 4: Serious Peer Conflicts

9 lessons per grade

Students are taught how to identify, avoid, and resolve serious conflicts. They also learn strategies to prevent bullying and harrassment.

Scope and Sequence (PDF)

More to Explore

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

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 or fit an existing advisory program

Professional Learning (PDF)
Five modules to reinforce your SEL knowledge, strategies, and skills in the classroom

Additional resources: Tour the product, view sample lessons, register for a webinar, hear from other educators, and more

Academic and Behavioral Standards Alignments

Middle School Common Core Alignment (PDF)

CASEL Alignment (PDF)

Restorative Practices Alignment (PDF)

ASCA Alignment (PDF)

Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Alignment (PDF)

Technical Requirements

The 2017 Second Step Middle School Program 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, professional learning, 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 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 requirements documentation.

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