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Social-Emotional Learning Program

Create a Strong Foundation for Lifelong Learning

"Since 2013, St. Luke School has been identified by Committee for Children, the publishers of the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program, as a local demonstration site school: an example of program implementation best practices. This partnership provides implementation resources and support to the St. Luke teachers and staff, and it offers Committee for Children strategies for success which may be applied to other schools. St. Luke’s dedication to this demonstration site partnership is evident in their commitment to implementing Second Step with fidelity, school-wide reinforcement, teacher and staff training, and consistent focus on improving school culture and climate."       Committee for Children

What is 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-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.

Often taught in the classroom, social-emotional learning gives tomorrow’s workforce the tools for success, while educators find it contributing to a positive school climate and increased academic success. Beyond immediate outcomes in the classroom, SEL prepares employees to solve problems, manage emotions, and communicate.


  • Emotions in oneself and others

  • Managing strong emotions

  • Having empathy for others

  • Controlling impulses

  • Communicating clearly and assertively

  • Maintaining cooperative relationships

  • Making responsible decisions

  • Solving problems effectively


We’re committed to developing and supporting the use of research-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula in and out of school. SEL creates a positive school climate that supports learning and academic success while narrowing the achievement gap.

Please review our Policy of Respect (Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying)

Social-Emotional Learning:

What Is SEL and Why It Matters

How SEL is Taught

in the Classroom

Children learn SEL in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. But SEL can also be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught:

  • The teacher explains a concept with words, pictures, video, and/or audio

  • Students practice the concept with skill practice, group discussion, individual writing, or partner work

  • The teacher continues reinforcing the concept throughout the week

  • The teacher sends information home for students to work on with parents

  • The teacher checks for understanding

  • The teacher re-teaches where necessary

Bullying Prevention Unit

At St. Luke School, bullying prevention is a well-structured piece of the school climate and a high priority of the school administration.  Based on the latest field research, Second Step’s Bullying Prevention Unit teaches Kindergarten–Grade 5 students how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying.  

As students master these crucial skills, educators and school staff learn to recognize and respond appropriately when they observe bullying or receive a bullying report, all while gaining insight into teaching the unit to children.


For more information on the program, visit

Scope & Sequence

A complete list of lessons and learning objectives for the Bullying Prevention Unit, Kindergarten–Grade 5.

Download the PDF Here

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