Web-based Program Building Social–Emotional Skills
The Second Step Elementary digital program offers a research-based approach to social–emotional learning (SEL) that allows for consistency from classroom to classroom and easily scales across schools and districts. In teacher-facilitated group settings, students connect with the content, as well as with one another and their teacher, as they build social–emotional skills through a variety of media, activities, and interactive components that provide opportunities for culturally relevant teaching. This digital program includes four units of weekly, age-appropriate lessons for each grade. Each interactive teacher-led unit has five 15- to 30-minute lessons. The last lesson of each unit is a performance task in which students demonstrate evidence of their learning. A complete list of units and weekly lesson topics for kindergarten through grade 5 are posted on the program’s website. Additionally teachers can preview lesson content and media in the lesson presentations, as well as student resources for select lessons.
Schools are open, children and teachers are settling into classrooms, and there is consensus among researchers that young people are struggling mentally more than ever before. As students return to the third school year affected by the pandemic, they will need evidence-based social–emotional learning to reengage as focused learners.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
Created by actor, writer, and TV icon Sonia Manzano (beloved by generations as “Maria” on Sesame Street) and inspired by her own childhood, the new PBS Kids series, Alma’s Way, centers on six-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl.