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What Is Second Step?

It’s a difference you can feel the moment you step through the doors to a Second Step school: a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community.

Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.

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Trusted & Proven

Used by schools in over 70 countries and reaching more than 15 million students annually, Second Step is a longstanding partner in education, built on decades of research and experience. Educators turn to Second Step because of its record of results, its commitment to research, and its intuitive programs that are designed with empathy and scalability. Second Step is a comprehensive and sound investment to support improving child safety, readiness to learn, school culture, and academic success.

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Embraced by Teachers

Second Step gives teachers what they need in a way that makes a real difference, right away. Easily managed lessons and minimized up-front training and prep time allow teachers to buy in to the programs quickly and take their concepts further as SEL champions. Experienced veterans and first-year teachers alike are quick to embrace the intuitive formats, supported and developed through rigorous research and testing. Second Step is successful precisely because it works for teachers.

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Engaging for Students

Dynamic, interactive content and explicit skills instruction are worked into every Second Step lesson to ensure it meets its objective. From beloved puppets and catchy songs during the younger years to candid Real Voices videos for middle schoolers, learning and practicing the skills and concepts taught in Second Step is an enjoyable, memorable experience—one that’s relevant and engaging for every grade level and reaches every learner in the classroom.

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Unifying School Communities

By implementing Second Step schoolwide, every adult in the building gains access to lessons, resources, activities, and professional learning—setting a common, unifying language shared by students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The result? A more positive, unified school culture that can be felt throughout entire communities, creating meaningful change in the lives of children that passes on to others.

Trusted & Proven

Used by schools in over 70 countries and reaching more than 15 million students annually, Second Step is a longstanding partner in education, built on decades of research and experience. Educators turn to Second Step because of its record of results, its commitment to research, and its intuitive programs that are designed with empathy and scalability. Second Step is a comprehensive and sound investment to support improving child safety, readiness to learn, school culture, and academic success.

How Can Second Step Work for You?

  • Unified

    The Second Step K–5 Suite integrates Social-Emotional Learning, Bullying Prevention, and Child Protection to form a cohesive foundation for a safe and supportive learning environment.


    Learn more.

  • Bundled

    Whether a single classroom or large district, every Second Step implementation is unique. Options are available to help economize and scale.


    Learn about our bundled pricing in our latest catalog or our online store.

  • Flexible

    Extend SEL beyond the classroom to out-of-school environments with posters, lanyards, and other reinforcement materials.


    Explore our catalog or our online store to get started!

  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
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    • Early Learning
      PreK

    • Elementary
      K5

    • Middle School
      68

    Lessons and Streaming Media

    Staff Training

    Family Materials

    Principal/Administrator Resources

    Implementation Resources

    Summative Knowledge Assessments

    CASEL Select

    • 2017 Edition Under Review

    Research Based

    Spanish Materials Included

    Bullying Prevention Unit*
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    • Early Learning
      PreK

    • Elementary
      K5

    • Middle School
      68

    Lessons and Streaming Media

    Staff Training

    Family Materials

    Principal/Administrator Resources

    Implementation Resources

    Summative Knowledge Assessments

    Research Based

    Spanish Materials Included

    Child Protection Unit
    Learn More

     

    • Early Learning
      PreK

    • Elementary
      K5

    • Middle School
      68

    Lessons and Streaming Media

    Staff Training

    Family Materials

    Principal/Administrator Resources

    Implementation Resources

    Summative Knowledge Assessments

    Research Based

    Spanish Materials Included

    *The Bullying Prevention Unit is designed to work with the Second Step SEL curriculum for Kindergarten–Grade 5 along with in-depth staff training. While bullying prevention training is not offered separately for Early Learning and Middle School, age-appropriate bullying prevention skills and concepts are included in the Early Learning and Middle School SEL curricula.

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    Second Step SEL
    for Out-of-School Time

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    Out-of-School-Time Second Step SEL Coming Soon
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    Second Step Stories

    Thousands of schools around the world and more than 15 million kids benefit from the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning each year. Their stories? Students who are ready to learn. Educators with the tools to make a difference. Districts and schools that build connected communities with a common language. And, yes, improved academics.

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    The Nonprofit Organization Behind Second Step

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    Though we’re best known for our innovative, SEL-centric programs for schools, Committee for Children is involved in all kinds of initiatives to improve the lives of children. Founded as a nonprofit in 1979 to help victims of child sexual abuse, we continue to advocate for policies and legislation to protect kids and provide equal opportunities for all.

    From our headquarters in Seattle, Washington, we partner with researchers, publishers, and organizations around the world. Our programs reach students in over 70 countries, and we work tirelessly to make sure children have a chance to thrive. Discover more about our work to help children, educators, and all of us grow kinder.

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    How Social-Emotional Learning Helps Children Succeed in School, the Workplace, and Life

    This ebook features perspectives from a number of leading teachers, administrators, researchers, and education experts.

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