Committee for Children Blog

A Look at Grit

Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you. —Travis Bradberry

It happens time and time again, often without notice. Successful people spend years overcoming challenges and difficulties before they reach their biggest accomplishments.

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Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Bullying: Part 2 of 2

Bullying has always existed, although it has not always been consistently and actively addressed in the school setting. Recent research has shown that bullying prevention efforts that build a positive school climate and invite disapproval of bullying can result in many positive outcomes, such as increased positive bystander behavior, decreased support for bullying, increased willingness to intervene in bullying, increased willingness to support bullied students, and increased reporting of bullying.
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bullying prevention

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Bullying: Part 1 of 2

Bullying does not occur in isolation. Social ecological and systems models of bullying indicate that it occurs within a dynamic, complex framework of interrelationships between people and their environment, including individuals, peers, family, community, and school. They emphasize that we all need to partner in the effort to prevent bullying.… Read More


5 Big Ideas for Back-to-School, Courtesy of the Second Step Program

Ready…Set…Go! It’s that time of year again. Pull those Second Step kits off the shelf and get ready to roll because the way you initially approach implementation sets the stage for continued success. Implementation is an ongoing process that needs to be considered up front and then planned for and supported regularly if it is to be sustained (Leadbeater, Gladstone, & Sukhawathanakul, 2015). Take a look at these ways to gear up and get your Second Step program implementation off to a good start.

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Understanding and Inspiring a Growth Mindset—4 Ways to Get Started

A new school year is about to begin. As you revisit your goals and plans for the year, imagine cultivating these characteristics in your students:

  • They are equipped to deal with challenges when faced with difficult work.
  • They believe in their capabilities and in their capacity to improve.
  • They seek challenging learning opportunities and view them as opportunities to learn.
  • They thrive on obstacles and rise to the challenge when things get difficult.
  • They believe they have control over their present and future.

It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

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Prevent Risky Behaviors and Promote Good Decision Making

Who wouldn't want 42 percent less physical aggression and 20 percent less bullying in middle schools? Teaching the Second Step middle school program can result in improvements like these and more. But don't just take our word for it. In this post, blogger Kim Gulbrandson explores the third-party endorsements, research, and approach to the program that make it so effective and worth a look!

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How and Why Social Skills Instruction Fits With Your Strategic Plan

Blogger Kim Gulbrandson posts the second part in a series of three on why SEL is needed and how to incorporate it within strategic plans. To achieve outcomes like “graduate every student,” and “ensure all students are college- and career-ready,” districts must teach students specific skills, give them opportunities to practice those skills, and reinforce through ongoing social-emotional skills instruction. 

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A Closer Look at Strategic Plans: Laying the Foundation for Student Success

After talking with district administrators around the nation and reviewing strategic plans from rural, urban, and suburban districts across 26 states, our blogger Kim Gulbrandson spotted some trends: all plans referenced “student success” as a goal; one-fourth included SEL elements as part of the mission; of those that included SEL, personal responsibility was emphasized; few plans included action steps.

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