MCCSC utilizes the Second Step program for our Elementary and Middle school students.
Second Step® Elementary (K–5) includes 20 weekly lessons per grade across four units. This program includes Brain Builder activities to support executive function and student engagement.
Second Step® Middle School (6–8) includes 26 weekly lessons per grade across four units. This program also includes nearly 200 optional advisory activities to support additional SEL practice within the context of an advisory program.
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
Scope and Sequence for Second Step Curriculum, K-8
MCCSC utilizes the School-Connect program for our High School students.
School-Connect focuses on the five social and emotional competency areas identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as critical to young people’s success in school, the workplace, and life.
Module 1:Creating a Supportive Learning Community:
In this module, teachers and students work together to create the type of learning environment that is welcoming, supportive, and instructive of how to succeed in school. The lessons are designed to help students:
Module 2: Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Managment:
In this module, students build intrapersonal awareness of their thought processes, emotions, strengths, and hopes for the future, and practice self-management strategies. The lessons are designed to help students:
Module 3: Building Relationships and Resolving Conflicts:
In this module, students explore how to build positive, healthy relationships, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions. The lessons are designed to help students:
Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce
Inspired by the many requests from School-Connect educators for lessons for 11th and 12th grade students, this new module applies social & emotional skills to employability skills, the college application process, and ultimately preparing for independent living. As high school students head out into the world and experience greater independence and responsibility, this module will help equip them to:
Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
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The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.