Second Step FY 21 Statement of Need (SoN)
This Statement of Need (SoN) is for the school based and after-school based implementation of the Second Step (SS) Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, the Bullying Prevention Unit (BPU) and the Child Protection Unit (CPU), for the 2020-2021 school year. The Second Step SEL curriculum, developed by the Committee for Children (CfC), is a universal, classroom-based curriculum designed to promote children’s social and academic success by decreasing problem behaviors, increasing students’ school success, and promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. The curriculum aims to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors and increase protective factors and social-emotional competence. Organized by grade level, the program teaches children empathy, problem-solving skills, risk assessment, decision-making, and goal-setting skills. The Second Step SEL curriculum is classified as a universal intervention, meaning that it is appropriate for whole classrooms of children and not just those at risk. Second Step also complements the work of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and school climate in Georgia and is NOT a replacement or substitute for PBIS.