The District adopted the Second Step curriculum for use with all elementary students in 2017. Second Step aligns with state and national SEL standards as well as the District’s Interdisciplinary Skills and Attributes. Second Step teaches problem solving and conflict management skills, which aim to reduce incidents of bullying.
Elementary schools have five Second Step units per grade-level:
- Skills for Learning
- Emotion Management
- Problem Solving
- Bullying Prevention
Elementary counselors and teachers began teaching Second Step lessons during the 2017-18 school year. School leadership teams also began to integrate the curriculum into their school-wide efforts.
The District is in the early stages of reviewing SEL curriculum to be implemented at the middle school level, with the aim of building onto the foundation of skills that students learned in elementary school.