Committee for Children Blog

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Using SEL Assessments to Foster Inclusive Education  

Assessments can incorporate multiple perspectives, including teachers and parents and self-reporting from students themselves. Together, they provide data-driven insights on each student’s skills across the five core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Read More

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Make SEL Day More than Just One Day

CEO Andrea Lovanhill shares her insights on where we are today in bringing critical life skills to students in the classroom and what the future holds for the collective impact we can make on children and communities through social-emotional learning.  Read More

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4 Strategies for Effective SEL Implementation

Starting a new learning paradigm or program can be daunting, but when it comes to social-emotional learning, it doesn’t have to be. Here are four takeaway strategies you can use to effectively implement an SEL program in your learning community. Read More

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New Directions for Second Step® Programs in 2023–2024: A Back-to-School Update with Liliana Suero

Second Step® Elementary and Second Step® Middle School digital programs are reset and updated every summer in preparation for the coming school year. With this year’s reset complete and updates underway, we sat down with Director of Product Management Liliana Suero to learn more about what this year’s changes are all about.Read More

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How Can Mindfulness Benefit Students?

This fall, the Second Step® Elementary digital program will be updated to include optional access to a library of mindfulness sessions. We sat down with Dr. Cailin Currie, a developmental psychologist and senior research scientist at Committee for Children, to talk about this new resource and its potential classroom benefits.Read More

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What’s New and Coming Soon with Second Step® Programs: An Update from Director of Programs Rachel Kamb

At Committee for Children, educators are trusted partners in growing and improving our Second Step family of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs. We sat down with Director of Programs Rachel Kamb, whose role focuses on how our programs can help meet educators’ needs, to talk about this year’s updates and coming changes.Read More

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Family Engagement Resources for Building Stronger Communications at Your School

Family engagement is an integral part of Second Step® social-emotional learning (SEL) programs. Each program contains a variety of resources and communications to help you connect with families, share social-emotional learning goals, and provide insight into how parents can support and reinforce social-emotional skills and concepts at home.Read More