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CASEL’s SEL Competencies and the Second Step Program
The following illustrates how the evidence-based Second Step program elements align with CASEL’s core
social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies. Note the considerable overlap across CASEL’s core SEL competencies. This reflects how self-regulation and social-emotional skills are built across the K–5 Second Step curriculum.
What is CASEL?
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing
the development of academic, social, and emotional competence for all students. Their mission is to help make evidence-based social-emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. To that
end, CASEL has identified five interrelated SEL core competencies: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
What is the Second Step Program?
The Second Step program is a universal, classroom-based program designed to increase students’ school success
and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. The Second Step program is recognized as a CASEL-SELect program in CASEL’s guide to preschool and elementary programs that are “well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States” (Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Preschool and Elementary
How Does the Second Step Program Develop Core SEL Competencies?
The following outlines key skills developed through the various Second Step program elements.