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Classroom Challenge: Reinforcing SEL Lessons with Haiku

Support the SEL Lessons Learned in Class with this Fun, Free Activity

Reinforcing classroom lessons with activities that challenge students’ creativity is an excellent way to support their comprehension and internalization of what they’re learning. Encourage your students to get creative and explore the rhythm of writing haiku!… Read More


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Books to Help Parents Talk About and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse

A Curated Book List from the Second Step Child Protection Unit

Research suggests that talking about child sexual abuse helps keep kids safe. We’ve curated this list of books for helping families talk about child safety, for children recovering from trauma, and for adults supporting children recovering from trauma. See these and more resources.… Read More


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Why Empathy Alone Won’t Stop Bullying

Next Steps, Like Kindness, Are Required to Influence Positive Outcomes

Did you know that people who bully often know exactly how their targets will feel when they bully them? It’s important to understand what empathy is and what next-steps are required to influence positive outcomes in bullying situations.… Read More


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Introducing ParenTeen Connect: A New Resource for Parents and Teens

Being a Teen—Or Raising One—Can Be a Wild Ride

Being a teen—or raising one—can be a wild ride. ParenTeenConnect.org is a place where parents and teens can communicate, connect, and break through on tough topics. It’s free, online, shares real stories, and has real solutions.… Read More


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Support Tree: Who is Safe to Ask for Help—Activity

Identifying People Children Can Go To for Help

Grades EL–3—When it comes to personal safety, children need to know who to go to for help. In this free activity teachers, parents, and guardians help students name the people in their lives who they can go to when something’s not quite right.… Read More


invisible boy activity

The Invisible Boy: Classroom Discussions—Activity

Life Lessons—Addressing & Reaching Out to the Socially Excluded, Invisible Child

Grades 1–5—This free classroom activity includes before-, during-, and after-reading prompts and instructions to help teachers guide a discussion about how it feels to be excluded and what students can do to help.… Read More