Second Step is Valentine’s Social Emotional Learning Program. This program teaches children the skills they need to succeed both in the classroom and in life. Second Step increases school-wide improvement with children making progress in emotional management, situational awareness, and student achievement.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula teach children techniques to:
- Gain confidence
- Set goals
- Make better decisions
- Collaborate with others in work and play
- Navigate the world more effectively
SEL concepts provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and decision making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills.
Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Learned
Children learn social-emotional skills in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. But social-emotional skills and concepts can also be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught.
How SEL Is Taught in the Classroom
- The counselor explains a concept with words, pictures, video, and/or audio
- Students practice the concept through skill practice, group discussion, individual writing, or partner work
- The counselor sends information home for students to work on with parents
- The counselor checks for understanding
- The counselor re-teaches where necessary