Committee for Children Blog
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


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


SEL, social emotional learning, workforce readiness, employability skills

The Growing Link Between SEL and Employability Skills

Connecting employers and educators to raise SEL as a part of workforce preparedness.

Social-emotional skills have become a necessity in the 21st-century workplace. See how Committee for Children is working to connect employers and educators to raise SEL as a part of workforce preparedness.
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