Two Middle School boys
Two Middle School boys

Transitioning to middle school can be tough. The research-based Second Step program helps schools teach and model essential communication, coping, and decision-making skills that help adolescents navigate around common pitfalls such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying (both in-person and online). The outcome? Reduced aggression1 and support for a more inclusive environment that helps students stay in school, make good choices, and experience social and academic success.

 

How It Works


Two students engaged in their school work
The research-based, comprehensive Second Step program teaches important life skills in age-appropriate ways. Students appreciate the respectful way in which lessons are presented. The engaging materials, such as video vignettes and take-home materials, encourage discussion, thought, and open communication between teachers and families. Watch video overview.
 
 

What People Are Saying


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Kids

Students enjoy the interactive activities, video vignettes, and guided discussions of real-world scenarios.

“What I like about the Second Step program is that it helps kids get through their school year without being bullied and find friends and with fitting in and just having a good time in school.”

–Kevin, Eighth-Grade Student, Burien, WA

 

 
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Teachers

Teachers appreciate the media-rich lessons that are easy to teach and integrate into everyday class time.

“One of the things that strikes me about the program is how relevant it is for them now, and how relevant it’s going to be as they grow up and become adults.”

–Darice Johnson, Seventh-Grade Teacher, African American Academy, Seattle, WA

 

 
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Principals

Principals like that the program includes training and support for staff, reduces problem behaviors, and improves school climate.

“We can see it. Every teacher says, ‘Something’s different this year.’ There are fewer tardies; there are fewer fights.”

–Matthew Nelson, Assistant Principal, O. Henry Middle School, Austin, TX

 


1 A study, published May 2013 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that sixth-grade students in schools that implemented the Second Step program were 42 percent less likely to say they were involved in physical aggression (fighting) compared with students in schools that did not implement the program. Espelage, D. L., Low, S., Polanin, J. R., & Brown, E. C. (2013). “The impact of a middle school program to reduce aggression, victimization, and sexual violence.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(2), 180–186.

 
 


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