Supporting Students through Second Step

Second Step’s Social Emotional Learning curriculum being provided in a growing number of Cobb schools.

Nineteen elementary and middle schools in Cobb County are teaching social emotional learning competencies through the Second Step curriculum.

During this unique learning environment, nineteen elementary and middle schools are providing evidence-based social emotional learning (SEL) lessons through Second Step. Second Step is a curriculum rooted in SEL that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive. Through songs, videos, and engaging lesson scripts elementary teachers teach age-appropriate skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving. Middle School teachers have access to on-line lessons covering mindsets and goal setting, recognizing bullying and harassment, understanding emotions, decision making, managing relationships and social conflict.

Photos from L to R: Tapp Middle School teacher Alicia Franklin teaching her 6th grade class about conflict management. Due West Elementary teacher Linda Petrea teaching a Second Step lesson to her second grade class. Middle schoolers at Mabry Middle School learning progressive muscle relaxation during a Second Step lesson in Kristine Albertson’s class.

In addition, the elementary schools who are participating in Cobb’s partnership with the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) are teaching Second Step lessons on bullying and child protection. Second Step puts a focus on students learning more about themselves and their interactions with others. Through exploring the five SEL competencies–self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making–students learn valuable life-long skills.  In sharing his experience with the curriculum this year, Kayden Thomas, an 8th grader at Tapp Middle School, said, “Second Step really gave me confidence to do better in school and not to give up!”.

The Positive School Culture Support Department provides funding support and technical assistance to the schools who are utilizing the Second Step curriculum.

Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture

Contributing Author: Emily Lawery, LPC, CTP-E · Social Emotional Learning Specialist, Cobb County Schools

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