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social emotional learning, second step, international, education, global reach

Second Step and SEL’s Strong Presence in Northern European Education

Social skills and mental well-being are growing priorities for more and more Nordic schools.

Some twenty years ago, in Oslo, Norway, Kari Ruud, a child psychologist, and her husband, Jan-Erik, a school principal, read a study about a program that was showing results in the prevention of bullying. Convinced such a program could make a diff… Read More


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


social emotional learning, SEL, MTSS, implementation, classroom, support

Implement SEL Within Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) (Part 1)

Behavior-Focused Examples of what SEL Supports Look Like within MTSS

Also referred to as Response to Intervention (RTI) for academics or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for behavior, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a continuum of evidence-based academic and behavioral practices that … Read More


restorative practices, social emotional learning, implementation, administrators, principals

Want to Implement Both SEL and Restorative Practices? Read This

Examples and Tips to Help You Integrate and Maximize these Programs' Benefits

Are you currently implementing a restorative practices or social-emotional learning (SEL) program and now considering implementing both? Are you already using both restorative practices and an SEL program? If so, are you wondering how to better co… Read More


trauma informed, social emotional learning, teacher, educator

Don’t Miss These Connections Between SEL and Trauma-Informed Practice

Why and how SEL is key for ensuring all children are provided universal, trauma-informed supports.

Kids who experience trauma can be silent sufferers. That’s partly because trauma is stored in the nonverbal part of the brain so it’s not something easily identified, talked about, or expressed verbally. It may only show up through behaviors. … Read More


exclusionary discipline, SEL, social emotional learning, legislation, trends, analysis

Exclusionary Discipline in Schools

What State Legislatures Are Doing to Reform School Discipline

At Committee for Children, our Policy and Advocacy team works with lawmakers and stakeholders from around the country to support laws and policies that promote children’s well-being. In this capacity, one of our priorities is to ensure that lawm… Read More