WHAT IS SECOND STEP
August 22, 2018
"Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive".
"Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. It’s a difference you can feel the moment you step through the doors to a Second Step school: a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community." www.secondstep.org
Welcome to Chadwick International Middle School if you're new, and welcome back to our returning parents.
My name is Mr. Adam Kuestermann and I am the MS counselor.
We are very fortunate this year to once again have an amazing group of advisors who are dedicated to helping your child navigate through the challenging Middle School years. We also have a new and exceptionally cool program that I would like to introduce to you which will help your kids learn more about themselves, their peers and their interaction with the world around them.
This year we are proud to introduce a new Middle School program in our advisory classes called Second Step. You might have already heard your kids talking about it at home, or you might have already talked to your child about who their advisor is this year.
Second Step is a "first-of-its-kind", Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that is specifically focused on Middle Schoolers and their development. Social and Emotional Learning is essentially the process through which we aim to teach our students enhanced social and emotional skills. Second Step is a "modern, web-based, and responsive to the needs of today’s students and educators". The program is heavily based in the latest research in adolescent brain development and social psychology, and the result is a program that helps kids do better is school and in life.
The goals of the Second Step program are to help our students:
I'm excited keep you informed and updated about this program through this portal on the Principal's Pen so that you can continue the discussions that your child is having in their advisory classes at home. I will be posting regular updates on what lessons students are engaged in and what the goals of each of these are, including links for you as parents to access to help you to communicate and connect with your early adolescent.
If you ever have any concerns, questions, or if there is ever anything I can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Tel: +82 32 250 5000 (Ext. 5192)