SECOND STEP: PRIMARY Evidence-based Prevention Program / Second Step Program

The Second Step Program introduces students and parents to alternative methods of coping, skill development, and behavioral intervention. The program promotes healthy development in an array of areas. Socio-emotional skills, social competence, decision making, and emotional awareness are areas of improvement for students referred to the program. Students learn in different ways, which is why developmentally age appropriate techniques are implemented to ensure that each student is able to grasp and maintain the lessons presented. Parents are provided training as well to ensure the success of the student and ultimately, the family unit.
Second Step teaches students proactive strategies that help prevent strong emotions from escalating into negative behaviors.

The program provides students and parents with the tools to make healthier decisions for the long-term well-being of the student. Recognition of personal and outside emotions is a large portion of the program. This is typically the area of disconnection for students which leads to poor decision making, emotional disregard for others, and aggressive behavior.

The Second Step Program has been proven to reduce these behavioral issues, improve student responsibility, and positively impact the family unit.

We offer the evidence based program Second Step to our youth. This program is geared to youth ages Pre –K to Grade 8. The program addresses: self-regulation and executive-function skills that help them pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior.

Developing their social-emotional skills—including making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems—to set them on the path for social success and academic readiness. By better preparing children to navigate adolescence with communication, coping, and decision-making skills that help them make good choices and avoid pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying.

Aftercare Program

This sector of the Second Step program is a universal, classroom-based program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Designed to increase school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social–emotional competence and self-regulation. The Second Step program consists of a skills-focused, social–emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that emphasizes skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.

There are separate curricula for each grade to enable teachers to deliver instruction that is developmentally appropriate and relevant for their students.

Each grade level curriculum includes a total of 22 lessons (23 in Kindergarten) that are organized across four units:
1) Skills for Learning
2) Empathy
3) Emotion Management
4) Problem Solving

The four units cover a range of skills and behaviors such as being respectful learners, planning to learn, identifying others’ feelings, showing compassion, making friends, and managing disappointment.
Teachers implement the lessons as part of their normal classroom activities once per week, and each lesson takes roughly 20–40 minutes, depending on grade level. The Second Step– Aftercare Program consists of these classroom lessons, as well as skills review, brief daily practice activities, reinforcement, and home links.

Implementation of the Second Step– Aftercare Program includes scripted lesson cards; posters that outline learned skills; DVDs that illustrate particular skills; brain-builder games designed to increase executive function skills; and a teacher’s binder that includes additional content for teaching and reinforcing skills, skills for learning cards, and home links for families.

The Violence Prevention Program

An evidence-based social skills curriculum component for students from preschool through middle school. The curriculum aims to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors and increase protective factors and social-emotional competence. This will meet the statistical need that currently exists in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District for behavior intervention wraparound support.
Organized by grade level, the program teaches children empathy, problem-solving skills, risk assessment, decision-making, and goal-setting skills. The Second Step program is classified as a universal intervention, meaning that it is appropriate for whole classrooms of children and not just those at risk.

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