Second Step® Middle School Updates for the 2021-22 School Year
As the current school year comes to an end, we’re preparing to launch some exciting updates for the 2021-22 school year. These updates include:
- Substantial changes to Unit 1 lessons based on teacher feedback
- Improved site navigation and new support articles
- Class reset for a clean start to the 2021-22 school year
Updates will be released on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Most clients will see the updates on the following day.
What lesson updates are coming to Second Step Middle School for the 2021-22 school year?
We’re always listening to and partnering with our clients to learn how we can improve our programs. Based on teacher feedback, we’re making some adjustments to lessons throughout Unit 1:
- Grade 6 now includes additional Real Voices videos
- Grades 6 and 7 now feature improved brain science videos
- Example goals now include boh individual and community-focused goals
- Scenarios with fantastical elements have been replaced with more realistic situations
- Presentations have been restructured so teachers won’t need to rely as heavily on lesson plans
These changes only affect Unit 1, so you may notice differences between Unit 1 and Units 2-4. We’re actively encouraging feedback about these updates to learn if you’d like to see them reflected in the other units as well. You can let us know by providing feedback after you finish an updated lesson! (A link to a survey appears when you mark a lesson complete.)
What changes are you making to other Second Step Middle School program materials?
We’re improving our site navigation, so articles will be easier to find. We’re also adding additional support and training articles, including:
- How the Program Works
- Teaching the Program
- Handling Disclosure of Abuse and Neglect
- Teaching Strategies
- Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
- Teaching Remotely
What is Class Reset, and how do I prepare for it?
On Sunday, June 27, 2021 all current classes for Second Step Middle School will be reset, or cleared, to create a fresh start for the 2021-22 school year. It’s therefore highly recommended that you create classes for the 2021-22 school year on or after June 28, 2021.
If you’re using a class before the reset, you’ll need to recreate the class after the reset. You can take note of your current lesson to resume teaching where you left off.
Class reset also affects the Second Step Elementary digital program. For more information on Class Reset, visit Annual Class, Training, and Reporting Reset FAQs - June 2021.
Why are you updating Second Step Middle School lessons so soon after launching the program?
Our digital format allows us to capture feedback in real-time and make updates quickly. We try to time our lesson improvements between school years. The extent of lesson improvements depends on the availability of new research about the topics we cover, client feedback, and our longer-term program improvement plans.
How do the Second Step Middle School updates affect me?
You may wish to give yourself some addition time when first logging in after June 27 to:
- Set up new classes
- Review new support articles
- Review the updates to Unit 1 lessons
Overall, the Unit 1 updates do not require retraining. As always, we suggest teachers prepare in advance.
- Before teaching a new unit:
- Watch the Quick Start Guide video
- Before teaching a lesson:
- Preview the slides and watch any videos
- Read the lesson plan
- Print out copies of the student handout, or prepare the handout for online distribution
Feel free to make adaptations to the updated lessons in order to best meet the needs of your students. Teachers should always use their classroom experience and knowledge to decide if a particular lesson needs adaptation. Just make sure you stick to the lesson objective.
How do I share my idea for a great lesson adaptation?
Tell us about it! You can find a link to a survey when you mark a lesson complete.
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