Growing Our Mission Throughout the World

Global Reach

Since 1979, we’ve partnered with researchers, nonprofits, educators, and experts around the globe to share experiences and help expand our mission and vision. It’s our goal that every child has equitable access to social-emotional learning, which can help them thrive in school and life.

We support and collaborate with in-market partners to translate, localize, and customize our approach to be in step with their local culture. Our network of partners continues to grow, and our programs reach schools in over 70 countries worldwide.

As a leader in the field of social-emotional learning, we take part in international conferences focused on education policy and collaborate with research organizations to study the viability and efficacy of our programs in individual countries. We continually seek opportunities to increase our reach around the world while working toward our vision: safe children thriving in a peaceful world.

Featured Partners

Brazil: Study with Harvard and Fundação Getulio Vargas

Our Brazil partners are collaborating with Fundação Getulio Vargas and Harvard Graduate School of Education on a large-scale impact evaluation of Programa Compasso, the Brazilian adaptation of the Second Step curriculum. Using a randomized control trial in more than 90 primary schools in Rio de Janeiro, the evaluation objective is to understand the impact of Programa Compasso in terms of improving teacher outcomes, student social-emotional well-being, and student academic performance.

Each year, more schools—both public and private—throughout the country implement the program. Watch the video above to see the impact the program has on teachers and students alike.

Australia: Gaining Momentum

From Tasmania to the far north of Queensland to Perth on the west coast, over 30,000 students are now being taught Second Step lessons. One primary school principal notes that the program “has had a major impact on the kids’ learning and behavior—they now have the skills for learning.” The Australian Institute of Family Studies identifies the Second Step curriculum as one of their recommended programs for the Communities for Children Facilitating Partners initiative.

Positive Pieces Education, our partner in Australia, works tirelessly to bring the program to more schools throughout the country, including presentations at conferences in Australia. We love their enthusiasm for the program.

Japan: A Program Beyond Schools

Sekando Suteppu, the Japanese version of Second Step, has success in unique settings, with regular implementation in juvenile detention centers and orphanages, helping more than 30,000 children in the country. The program is also implemented as part of a class for preschool children and their mothers to learn lessons together. It’s a win-win for everyone: the youngsters get to share time with their mothers, and the moms gain the skills they want to reinforce SEL skills at home.