The Fullerton School District uses the Second Step® program to teach social-emotional skills to all students. This research-based, universal social-emotional learning (SEL) program is designed to strengthen students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management, impulse control, problem-solving, and empathy. Studies show these skills can help improve academic performance, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create more positive classroom and school climates.
Benefits of SEL
- We know from a large body of research on SEL that high-quality SEL programming leads to improved academic performance, decreases in anxiety and behavior issues, among other benefits.
- We also know from research beyond the traditional SEL field that there are additional insights to be gained that are relevant to SEL.