Second Step: Middle School Curriculum

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Program description

Second Step: Middle School Curriculum, offered by the Committee for Children, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 6-8 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grade 6. Programming for prek-5 are also available from Second Step. Translated materials for Second Step: Middle School Curriculum are available in Spanish and Portuguese.

      • SEL lessons
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Activities and Resources for Home
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a randomized control trial conducted in the 2010-2011academic year (published in 2013) supported the effectiveness of the Second Step Middle School Program for middle school students. This evaluation was conducted on a sample of 3,616 adolescents in grade 6 (Black = 35%, Latinx = 26%, white = 24%, Multiracial = 15%; 74% of students were eligible for FRPL) across 36 schools in the US Midwest. This study found that students who participated in the program self-reported significant decreases in physical aggression compared to students in the control group (outcome reported approximately nine months after baseline, while controlling for outcome pre-test).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    • Multi-racial / other
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 74%
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does Second Step support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“The Second Step family of SEL programs help transform schools into supportive and successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive. ​ It offers a holistic approach to SEL, one that contributes to a more empathetic society by providing families, school-based educators, out-of-school-time professionals, and the larger community.”

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  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Espelage, D. L., Low, S., Polanin, J. R., & Brown, E. C. (2013). The Impact of a middle school program to reduce aggression, victimization, and sexual violence. The Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(2), 180-186.

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