Published: | By: Kim Gulbrandson Topics: Curriculum, Social-Emotional Learning District Data on the New Second Step Program for K-5 by Dr. Kim Gulbrandson In my district, we collect data from our K–4 and K–5 students who participate in the newest edition of the Second Step K–5 curriculum (fourth edition). I’d like to share a few anecdotal results regarding data from our 2011–2012 school year. The below examples show student responses before (September 2011) and after (May 2012) participating in Second Step lessons. Some student responses could suggest language issues, such as difficulty understanding the question. However, the information clearly shows that students made progress, not to mention that many of their responses are just plain cute! Question: When I say start, name as many feeling words as you can. For example, “happy” is a feeling word. (Children were given 30 seconds to give their responses.) Responses: Student 1 Pre-test: What is a feeling word? Post-test: Happy, sad, angry, disappointed, frustrated, excited, mad Student 2 Pre-test: Happy about time to play, share Post-test: Happy, sad, disappointed, angry, surprised, excited, interested Student 3 Pre-test: Happy, sad, mad, dog, strawberry Post-test: Happy, mad, sad, angry, disappointed, upset, surprised, scared, excited, pleased Student 4 Pre-test: Earring, ear, eyes Post-test: Sad, mad, happy, angry Student 5: Pre-test: Cat, hat, duck, dog Post-test: Sad, angry, mad, disappointed Additional pre-test answers from students: Fish, octopus, cat, picture, sea Animal, dog, snake, color I like going to school Ring, bedbug, Halloween Itchy Something kind of small, and kind of bigger Two boys can’t read Apple, orange, people, leaf, school Brushing teeth Playing with friends Stone, sun, star Couching, sneezing, throwing up Additional post-test answers from students: Disappointed, excited, curious Sad, mad, angry Upset, scared, mad, grumpy Happy, frustrated Lonely, surprised I will be sure to keep you updated as we gather more results! Have any of you collected data on the Second Step program? If so, please respond and share what you found.