Committee for Children Blog

In a Rush? A 30-Minute Overview of the Second Step Programs

Learn how the research-based Second Step Suite can empower students and schools to be successful by teaching social-emotional skills, preventing bullying, and protecting children. Early Learning through Grade 8.… Read More


The Second Step K-5 Suite: Improve Academics, Support Students, and Create a Positive School Climate

Join us to learn how our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum integrates with our Bullying Prevention and Child Protection Units to create the Second Step K-5 Suite. These programs work seamlessly together to improve academics, support students, and create a positive school climate.… Read More


Think Outside the Kit

In addition to the materials included in each kit, we offer engaging tools to help strengthen learning and the application of Second Step skills. Use mindfulness to manage your classroom and boost Second Step skills with Mind Yeti; explore the fundamentals of making friends with ParkPals; infuse Second Step skills schoolwide with unlimited staff training and the Principal Toolkit.… Read More


Second Step Middle School Program: Navigating Adolescence

Middle-schoolers need help navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence, including peer pressure, substance abuse, and online bullying. The evidence-based Second Step program provides age-appropriate lessons to teach kids in Grades 6–8 important skills for success in learning and in life.… Read More


Second Step Early Learning Program: Improved Behavior, Improved Learning

Help your littlest learners harness their potential by teaching them to listen, control their behavior, and get along with others. Students enter kindergarten set up for success with the self-regulation and social-emotional skills taught in the research-based Second Step program.… Read More


Ideas to Boost Student Motivation in 2017

Why do some students stop using their social-emotional learning (SEL) skills after they’ve learned them? The answer to this question has a lot to do with us, the adults, and not just the students. We need to offer ongoing support to students to help them use their SEL skills. Modeling, practice, and positive feedback play a role in this, but if we stop there we miss something important: motivation.

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Two Policy Approaches Your State Can Take

On January 26, 2017, Committee for Children will partner with Representative Tana Senn to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to the halls of the Washington State Legislature. Using Committee for Children’s Second Step curriculum, an experienced Washington teacher will deliver a demonstration lesson to members of the legislature to show the dramatic impact SEL could have on the lives of Washington’s children.… Read More


Trending Topics in Education and How they Relate to SEL

Pop quiz! Which of the following buzzwords have you heard about lately?

A. Grit
B. Growth Mindset
C. Mindfulness
D. Resilience

If you selected any of the words above and you are wondering more about them or about how they relate to social-emotional learning (SEL), keep reading.

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SEL Builds a Stronger Workforce

On September 14 Committee for Children and CASEL co-sponsored a Congressional briefing, The Importance of Employability Skills: How and Why Educators Should Teach These Skills. The briefing was supported by the Career and Technical Education Caucus and attended by over 60 people including three members of Congress—Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, Rep. Susan Davis, D-CA and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, co-chair of the Caucus.… Read More


Why Don’t Kids Report Bullying?

Five Reasons Why and What Adults Can Do About It

There’s good evidence that young people often don’t report bullying to adults. Children are adept at hiding bullying-related behaviors and the unequal “shadow” power dynamics that can exist among them. Because of this secrecy, adults underestimate the seriousness and extent of bullying at their schools.

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