Committee for Children Blog
social emotional learning, responsive classroom, implementation, CARES, child protection

Implementing Responsive Classroom and Second Step in an Elementary School

Responsive Classroom (RC) and Second Step are both evidence-based programs that focus on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). Together, they provide tools for a safe and welcoming learning community, and for important academic, social, and emotional skills. … Read More


trauma informed, social emotional learning, teacher, educator

Don’t Miss These Connections Between SEL and Trauma-Informed Practice

When we cannot know for sure whether children have experienced trauma, the use of trauma-informed practices and supports becomes more important in creating safe learning environments. Social-emotional learning and competencies are key in carrying out these practices so that kids feel supported and can thrive. … Read More


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Resources to Help Kids Cope with Scary Situations

In response to the May 18 school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, we’ve compiled a list of resources for educators, parents, and others who work with kids to assist with and help navigate tough conversations about gun violence, staying safe, and helping each other heal and recover. … Read More


SEL pyramid, social-emotional development

Together, We Create a Better Tomorrow with Social-Emotional Development

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is officially on the rise, with growing national awareness and multiple school, behavior, and educational benefits being realized. And we’re keeping up by evolving our flagship Second Step curriculum, harnessing new research, new input from educators who understand the importance of educating the whole child, and new technology to benefit you and the students you serve. … Read More