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Kansas Project LAUNCH Success Story 180-Degree Turns in
Washington State

Second Step Success Story
Sumner (WA) School District

“They’re not even the same kids anymore.” That’s what Sumner (WA) School District’s Comprehensive Guidance Coordinator, Jeannie Larberg, says of a group of third-graders after just a few weeks of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the form of the Second Step program.

Some of these third-graders had limited SEL skills—and that was putting it mildly. “These kids had difficulty even sitting in a chair,” says Larberg. Most lacked skills in self-regulation, problem-solving, attention, empathy, and emotion management, and used a lot of negative self-talk.  Read more…

Kansas Project LAUNCH Success Story Kansas Project LAUNCH
Success Story

University of Kansas School of Education

Project LAUNCH, which is part of the University of Kansas School of Education, evaluated the Second Step program in an intensive summer program.

The program, which served 106 children from ages 3 to 16, was an eight-week intensive psychosocial intervention, during which the children were taught the Second Step program. The children who participated in the study all had a diagnosis of social-emotional disturbance and had been referred to Compass Behavioral Health in southwest Kansas.  Read more…


PEDALS Project Success Ready for Kindergarten in
New York State

Western New York State  

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation know that young children need to be ready for kindergarten. Not just academically, but socially and emotionally ready. So they partnered to co-fund the Positive Emotional Development and Learning Skills (PEDALS) project to find a way to help prepare children for this important step in their lives.  Read more…

Arts and Technology Academy Winning Moments in Washington, DC

Arts and Technology Academy  Washington, DC 

Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Sarah Hensler and her colleagues at Washington, DC’s Arts and Technology Academy were heartbroken to learn their charter would not be renewed. Hensler was especially disappointed, because a Second Step kit had just been purchased for every classroom, and she envisioned the program “becoming a self-sustaining part of our positive school culture.” But rather than allowing the news of the charter school’s impending closure to immobilize her, Hensler rolled up her sleeves and got to work. Read more…

Chicago Public Schools Walks the Talk

Marcus Garvey Elementary | Chicago, IL

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is giving Chicago Public Schools’ students the skills they need to succeed both socially and academically while also helping to calm some of the upheaval caused by the recent closure of 49 schools. Read more…

Middle Schoolers Use Drama to Take Down Bullying Middle Schoolers Use Drama to Take Down Bullying

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Shawnee Mission School District has brought together drama, social–emotional learning, and middle schoolers to create a perfect recipe for preventing bullying in their elementary schools.

The Kansas school district uses the Second Step program district-wide, and the district leadership wanted “an intentional opportunity for middle school students to educate our elementary students in bullying prevention,” says Jamie Wolfe, Shawnee Mission’s PBIS Facilitator.  Read more…

Read about how teachers and administrators successfully integrated the Second Step program into their schools.

Using Title I to Fund Social-Emotional Learning

Mary Todd Elementary | Lexington, KY

Eighty-seven percent of Mary Todd Elementary School in Lexington, KY is on free or reduced lunch, so Title I funding ended up being a good source for Second Step kits for the whole school. Read more…

Dramatic Change in School Culture

Florence Griffith-Joyner Elementary | Los Angeles, CA

Florence Griffith-Joyner Elementary is in a tough neighborhood, but they are seeing dramatic and positive change in students' behavior—and fewer discipline referrals—after implementing the Second Step program. Read more...

Title I Funding for Second Step Kits

Highland Park Elementary | Seattle, WA

Find out how Principal Ben Ostrom was able to use Title I funds to purchase Second Step kits. Read more…

Fewer Office Referrals in Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Charter Schools | Washington, D.C.

Office referrals are down in District of Columbia charter schools that have implemented the Second Step program. Student Support Center staff members Anise Walker and Sarah Ghaleb tell us how they helped the schools stay on track to achieve this success. Read more...

New Middle School Program More Relevant to Students

St. Francis of Assisi School | Burien, WA

Seventh-grade teacher Monica Stein has been piloting the brand-new
Second Step middle school program with her class.

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