Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Decades of research show the positive effects of universal, classroom-based SEL programs for children. There’s also broad recognition that benefits are even greater when children experience SEL throughout their day, across home, school, and out-of-school time environments, and throughout developmental stages. When implemented holistically, with a coordinated, community-wide approach, SEL can build stronger communities and support inclusive, equitable learning.

The Empowerment Zone utilizes Second Step as its Social Emotional Learning curriculum. The Second Step family of programs helps us take a holistic approach to social-emotional learning (SEL), combining classroom SEL with new offerings for out-of-school time and SEL for adults.

Sample a Lesson from Second Step Elementary

Asking Questions
Grade 3, Lesson 14
Lesson Plan (PDF)
Lesson Presentation
Lesson Handout (PDF)

The expanded family of programs helps us with:

  • Compassion in the classroom
  • Common language across environments
  • Educator well-being

How SEL Is Taught in the Classroom

  • The teacher explains a concept with words, pictures, video, and/or audio
  • Students practice the concept through 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

For more information contact Yessica Lawson Gonzalez at ylawsongonzalez@sbez.org.