Second Step Curriculum
Kent School District (KSD) students learn skills to support their emotional development, social skills, safety, and well-being using Second Step curriculum from kindergarten to eighth grade.
In grades sixth through eighth, the Second Step lessons have four main focuses: mindsets and goals, values and friendships, thoughts, emotions, decisions, and serious peer conflicts.
Mindsets & Goals
Students learn how to plan
Values & Friendships
Students reflect upon their own experiences and gain new skills to build stronger friendships.
Thoughts, Emotions, Decisions
Students learn they are not alone in their feelings and gain strategies to deal with powerful emotions such as dealing with frustration, calming down, handling rejection, and managing anxiety.
Serious Peer Conflicts
Students learn strategies for recognizing, avoiding, and resolving conflicts such as bullying and harassment.
- Easy to resolve, if you try
- Not a big deal
- No one gets hurt
Serious Conflicts (often require the help of school staff or other adults)
- Hard to resolve
- Have serious consequences
- Cause physical or emotional harm
Grade 6 Tool on Second Step