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Canyons School District

Instructional Supports Department

Second Step Curriculum

Second Step is the curriculum used in Canyons School District from grades K-8 to teach social emotional learning. This is a classroom-based curriculum meant to be taught by teachers in order to “increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors….It teaches skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.” ( Second Step: Skills for Academic and Social Success curriculum manual, p. 7). These skills are meant to be directly taught through the Second Step lessons, but also referred to and reinforced throughout the school day in all classes. This allows a school community to “(create) a safer, more respectful learning environment that promotes school success for all.” (p. 7)

Critical Actions for Educators: ● Follow the scope and

sequence of the curriculum to help build students’ shared vocabulary and knowledge. opportunities for students to practice and receive reinforcement for using skills they have learned. Routinely provide resources for home-based activities such as the provided Home Links to help families explore and reinforce skills learned.

● Build in frequent

● Partner with families.

There are four units in Second Step for each grade level (color coded by unit):

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Mindset and Goals

Recognizing Bullying and Harassment Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions Managing Relationships and Social Conflict

The Second Step curriculum in middle school is entirely digital. CSD middle school teachers will need to work with their administrative and counseling teams to obtain the login information for the Second Step curriculum. All of this information can be found at: The curriculum includes a recommended scope and sequence for each grade level. Each middle school will have more specific details on how lessons will be structured and taught based on the context of the school’s student body.

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