Committee for Children Blog
|

Prevent Risky Behaviors and Promote Good Decision Making

Who wouldn't want 42 percent less physical aggression and 20 percent less bullying in middle schools? Teaching the Second Step middle school program can result in improvements like these and more. But don't just take our word for it. In this post, blogger Kim Gulbrandson explores the third-party endorsements, research, and approach to the program that make it so effective and worth a look!

Read More


|

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 1 of 3

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind Act, includes flexible funding that can be used for SEL and prevention programs. However, the flexibility given to each state could put some programs at risk. This first blog post in a series of three explains key provisions in the bill and how it impacts our work.

Read More


|

Talking to Children About Terrorism

How can parents and those who regularly interact with children best communicate about terrorism and other violent tragedies? Committee for Children, creator of the Second Step social-emotional learning program, has compiled resources to assist with and help navigate these tough conversations.

Read More


|

How and Why Social Skills Instruction Fits With Your Strategic Plan

Blogger Kim Gulbrandson posts the second part in a series of three on why SEL is needed and how to incorporate it within strategic plans. To achieve outcomes like “graduate every student,” and “ensure all students are college- and career-ready,” districts must teach students specific skills, give them opportunities to practice those skills, and reinforce through ongoing social-emotional skills instruction. 

Read More


|

A Closer Look at Strategic Plans: Laying the Foundation for Student Success

After talking with district administrators around the nation and reviewing strategic plans from rural, urban, and suburban districts across 26 states, our blogger Kim Gulbrandson spotted some trends: all plans referenced “student success” as a goal; one-fourth included SEL elements as part of the mission; of those that included SEL, personal responsibility was emphasized; few plans included action steps.

Read More


second step, principal toolkit, K-5, SEL, back to school, back to school basics
|

It’s Here! The Amazing Principal Toolkit

How can you tell if an SEL curriculum is going to be successful? Look at the principal! Our new Second Step Principal Toolkit was developed due to this insight and gives school leaders ready-made resources such as meeting agendas, activities, and handouts for staff orientation, monthly staff kick-off meetings, and weekly staff meetings. Blogger Kim Gulbrandson reviews.

Read More


|

A Parent’s Guide to Role-Playing Bullying Reports

Bullying is serious. Make sure your child knows that it is important to practice reporting the way he or she would do it in real life. When you and your child practice giving and receiving reports, you’ll have the skills and confidence to handle bullying if it really happens. When your child reports bullying, it is most important to really listen and ensure your child’s safety. The following are steps you can take when your child comes to you about a bullying situation.

Read More