For preschool/kindergarten through grade 9The award-winning Second Step program teaches social and emotional skills for violence prevention. The program includes research-based, teacher-friendly curricula, training for educators, and parent-education components."The Second Step program has been a big part of our success at Northwest Elementary—school detentions are down and test scores are up."Joe Schlaffer, Principal, Northwest Elementary, Lebanon, PennsylvaniaWhy Violence Prevention Is ImportantResearch shows that aggressive behavior in children predicts risk of later delinquency, substance abuse, school dropout, early parenthood, and depression. Classroom use of the Second Step program helps provide children with the skills they need to create safe environments and become successful adults.Based on more than 15 years of classroom application and the most current academic, social, and emotional research, the Second Step program focuses on the three essential competencies—empathy, impulse control and problem solving, and anger management.The Second Step lessons are easy to teach, flow sequentially, and require minimal teacher preparation time. Integration activities tie the lessons to academic learning requirements—health, science, math, social studies, and language arts—helping teachers build on what they are already doing in the classroom.The Second Step Program:Lesson TopicsWeekly Themes Early Learning skills and concepts are taught through short, daily activities that take 5–7 minutes with little to no prep time.UNIT 1Skills for LearningWelcomingListeningFocusing AttentionSelf-TalkFollowing DirectionsAsking for What You Need or WantUNIT 2EmpathyIdentifying Feelings (happy, sad)More Feelings (surprised, scared)Identifying AngerSame or Different FeelingsAccidentsCaring and HelpingUNIT 3Emotion ManagementWe Feel Feelings in Our Bodies (worried)Strong Feelings (frustrated)Naming FeelingsManaging DisappointmentManaging AngerManaging WaitingUNIT 4Friendship Skills and Problem SolvingFair Ways to Play (play together, trade, take turns)Having Fun with FriendsInviting to PlayJoining In with PlaySaying the ProblemThinking of SolutionsSpeaking Up AssertivelyUNIT 5Transitioning to KindergartenLearning in KindergartenRiding the Kindergarten BusMaking New Friends in KindergartenSecond Step can be taken as an all-day 8 hour training or can be split into a four hour session with two hours of extended learning, followed by another four hour session for a total of 10 continuing education hours.