One of the primary responsibilities for School Social Workers is facilitation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
What is the Second Step program?
The K-5 Second Step Program is a classroom-based social-emotional learning program with lessons and reinforcement activities designed to increase children's school success and decrease problem behaviors. It teaches skills that strengthen children's ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.
The program achieves its goal by promoting social-emotional skills and self-regulation, or self control. Research shows that children with good social-emotional and self-control skills have a better change of achieving school and life success.