Committee for Children Blog
social emotional learning, responsive classroom, implementation, CARES, child protection

Implementing Responsive Classroom and Second Step in an Elementary School

A Counselor Whose District Uses Both Programs Shares How They Integrate The Two

By Mary Beth McCormac, School Counselor, Nottingham Elementary, Arlington, VA

Responsive Classroom (RC) and Second Step are evidence-based programs that focus on the strong relationship between academic success and socia… Read More


workforce readiness, social emotional learning, job skills

Listen: Why SEL is Integral to Workforce Preparedness (Podcast)

The Workplace Shift Towards Social-Emotional Skills and What That Means for SEL

Committee for Children’s Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, Jordan Posamentier, recently sat down with WorkMinus to discuss why social-emotional skills are in high demand and how social-emotional learning (SEL) helps students prepare for work and life. Listen Now… Read More


social emotional learning, assessment, SEL

SEL Assessment Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

The question we’re often asked is: “How can we tell if the Second Step Program is working?”

The question we’re often asked is: “How can we tell if the Second Step Program is working?” While some assessments can be challenging, time-consuming and costly, it’s quite possible to check whether or not learning goals are being met in much easier, more economical ways.… Read More


why second step, social-emotional learning curriculum, SEL, sel curriculum

How the Second Step Program Got Its Name

Our #1 Frequently Asked Question Answered

People always ask us, “Why do you call your program ‘Second Step’?” The answer lies in our organization’s history. Our social-emotional learning curriculum, the Second Step Program, is a product of nearly forty years of experience and dedication. Read more. … Read More


CASEL, social emotional learning, SEL, bullying prevention, child safety, policy and advocacy

Joan Cole Duffell Recognized with Prestigious CASEL Award

Committee for Children’s Executive Director is Honored for Her Work in SEL

We at Committee for Children are so proud to announce that our very own Joan Cole Duffell is a recipient of the 2018 Mary Utne O’Brien award!… Read More