Social and Emotional Learning
The award-winning Second Step program integrates academics with social and emotional learning. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade will learn and practice critica skills in the areas of empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and skills for learning. These essential life skills help students in the classroom, on the playground, and at home. It has been shown to reduce discipline referrals, improve school climate by building feelings of inclusiveness and respect, and increase the sense of confidence and responsibility in students. Classroom teachers will focus on teaching the Second Step program for one half hour per week. Please visit their website and use your family activation key provided in the inroductory letter for more information and resources.
Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms and schools, kindergarten through eighth grade. Developed by classroom teachers, it consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day.
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