Committee for Children Blog

The Role of Support Staff in Implementing SEL

I first thought about writing this blog because I would really like to know how support staff (guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, etc.) are involved with the implementation of social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout the nation. We are often so isolated working within our buildings that we don’t have the opportunity to learn about what others are doing to support programs such as Second Step and Steps to Respect.… Read More

Telling Is Not Teaching

When I first began working with the Second Step program 15 years ago, my colleagues and I were so focused on completing the lessons that we completely overlooked the extension activities (these are now called daily practice activities in Second Step  4th edition).… Read More

No Name-Calling Week

Every year since 2004, during the fourth week of January, schools across the country have participated in No Name-Calling Week with educational activities aimed at ending name-calling and verbal bullying.… Read More

SEL Book Club

I recently learned about a neat idea for working with Tier 2 or 3 students from my
colleague, Teri. She used this idea with her fourth and fifth graders.… Read More