No matter our culture or country, or what language we speak, parents, teachers, administrators, and researchers agree: children and society benefit when schools implement social-emotional learning programs. Since the mid-1990s, we have partnered with non-profit organizations and publishers around the globe to produce culturally relevant versions of the Second Step program and teacher training. Children around the world sing songs about empathy, practice problem-solving steps, and learn how to name their feelings with the Second Step program.
Partners and Initiatives Worldwide:
Australia & New Zealand
Localized program: Second Step
Trainers: Jenny Williams
Publisher: Positive Pieces
Partner since: 2014
“I am absolutely delighted to present this comprehensive yet simple-to-use classroom-based program that aligns perfectly with the Australian curriculum.”
–Jenny Williams, Positive Pieces National Director and Trainer
Localized program: Programa Compasso Socioemocional
Trainers: Vila Educação
Publisher: AFG Editora Educacional Group
The Second Step program is the approved social-emotional learning program to be implemented in elementary schools participating in the State Department of Education São Paulo “Escola Tempo Integral” (full-day school) initiative.
Publisher: Committee for Children
Starting in 2015, we will collaborate with the Universidad de Concepción and public schools in Chile’s 8th region on a pilot study of our program.
Localized program: De første Trin
(Early Learning), Trin for Trin
Trainers & Publisher: Special-Paedagogisk Forlag (SPF)
Partner since: 1999
Since 1999, children in over 85 percent of Denmark’s elementary schools have learned lessons from the Trin for Trin program, making it the most widely accepted and reputable social-emotional learning program in the country.
Localized program: Samm-sammult (Early Learning)
Trainers: Mari-Liis Mugra, Ühing Kuldvõtmeke
Publisher: Special-Paedagogisk Forlag (SPF)
Partner since: 2013
With a strong focus on supporting and improving kindergarten schools throughout Estonia, the
not-for-profit Ühing Kuldvõtmeke is the in-country distributor of the Estonian version of the Second Step Early Learning program.
Localized program: Askeleittain
Trainers: OY AKAT Consulting
Publisher: Hogrefe Kustannus
Partner since: 2007
“Parents are giving feedback that they can see at home that there is a difference.”
–Arja Sigfrids, Psychologist and Trainer
Askeleittain is used in more than 75% of Finland’s elementary schools.
Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Localized program: Faustlos
Trainers: Heidelberg Prevention Center
Publisher: Hogrefe Verlag
Partner since: 2002
Children in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland learn social-emotional skills through the Faustlos program, which Dr. Andreas Schick and Dr. Manfred Cierpka adapted. The Ministry of Education of Austria has supported program implementation in over 1,000 elementary schools in that country.
Localized program: Sekando Suteppu
Trainers & Publisher: CFC-Japan
Partner since: 2001
Since the school district of the Shinagawa Ward in Tokyo adopted Sekando Suteppu, schools in this district have benefited from reduced absenteeism and aggressive behavior, and have noticed improvements in overall school climate.
Kurdish Language (Iraq)
Localized program: Hengaw be Hengaw
Partner since: 2009
KOMAK develops and manages education programs that benefit Kurdish children. One such program has been bringing Hengaw be Hengaw, the Kurdish-language, adapted version of the Second Step program, to local schools in northern Iraq.
Localized program: Antras Zingsnis
Trainers & Publisher: Children Support Centre
Partner since: 2005
“We chose to develop the Second Step program for Lithuania because there is a real need for social emotional skills. It was very obvious.”
–Zydre Arlauskaite, Psychologist and Trainer
Antras Zingsnis is implemented in over 250 preschools and elementary schools throughout Lithuania.
Public schools in the city of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, are participating in a feasibility study of a Spanish-language Second Step program. We are grateful to the State Department of Education of San Luis Potosí for this opportunity to participate in the Safe and Peaceful Schools initiative.
Localized program: Såmsteg (Early Learning),
Steg for Steg
Publisher: InfoVest Forlag
Partner since: 1998
Since the early 2000s, the Steg for Steg program has been considered the leading social-emotional learning program in Norway, implemented in over 65% of all preschools and elementary schools.
Localized program: Druhy Krok
Trainers & Publisher: Profkreatis
“We have observed good results in schools. Uncommunicative children began to integrate into the group and talk about themselves, and hyperactive children have reduced aggression because they are able to soothe themselves.”
–Eva Gajdosova, Psychologist and Trainer
Localized program: Stegen (Early Learning), StegVis
Trainers: Gíslason & Löwenborg
Publisher: Nypon Forlag
Partner since: 2003
“Feelings and problem-solving skills are the same all over the world.”
–Dr. Bjorn Gislason, Psychologist and Trainer
Children in more than 1,300 schools in Sweden learn these universal skills as part of their Stegen and StegVis lessons.
Localized program: Okul Öncesi 2Adim
(Early Learning), Ikinci Adim
Trainers & Publisher: Sosyal Medyada İkinci Adım
Partner since: 2011
“If [students] do not have social-emotional skills, they will have difficulties with academics and social problems. When teachers see that children are improving academically and behaviorally, they love [Ikinci Adim].”
–Secil Cuntay, Psychologist and Trainer
Trainers & Publisher: One Education
We couldn’t be happier to have One Education, a leading provider of specialist pupil and management services, as our distributor in the UK.
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