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Second Step Program- Social Emotional Learning

What is Second Step?

        Second Step is a program that the teachers will use in the classroom to help teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This program will be utilized K-5 by the teachers, staff and students. 

       "Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children." - Second Step's Website


The NJ Department of Education is moving forward with SEL. NJDOE is looking to teach the whole student, not just academically. Here at ATSD, we agree and the Second Step Program is a step in the right direction.

    "Social and emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process by which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to do the following: understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; and make responsible decisions.  Students in SEL programs are more likely to attend school and receive better grades, and are less likely to have conduct problems.  Successful infusion of SEL can result in positive behaviors, increased academic success, and caring communities."- NJ DOE Website