The Second Step Middle School Program was updated on August 28, 2020. We've compiled answers to some of your questions below to help you navigate the changes.
Click here for details about the program: https://www.secondstep.org/middle-school-curriculum
Check out our new walkthrough video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ7xZQADSJ8&feature=youtu.be
Can I opt-out of, delay access to, or roll back the update?
There’s no way to opt out of, delay, or roll back the update.
I liked the old lessons. Do I still have access to them after the update?
No. After the update, you will only see the new content.
Do I have to re-invite my staff to my license after this update?
No. All current users will have seamless access to the new content. But they will need to create new classes.
What if I was in the middle of my implementation at the time of the August update? Will my classes continue uninterrupted?
After the update, you’ll have to set up new classes and your previous progress won’t be saved. This is because all lessons have been revised and updated for this release.
How has staff training changed?
The updated program training supports building leadership with communicating to school staff about the Second Step Middle School program and facilitating schoolwide conversations about how Second Step is going in the school. In addition, training videos, called Quick Start Guides, help familiarize Second Step lesson instructors with program concepts and tips for facilitating meaningful classroom discussions.
This program training includes:
- Principal-led staff presentations: customizable presentation decks (PPT) complete with presenter scripts
- Staff Overview Presentation: Overview of SEL, Second Step Middle School, and how it will be implemented in the school
- Responding to Bullying & Harassment: Prior to teaching Unit 2: Recognizing Bullying & Harassment, school leadership will review their own school or district’s bullying and harassment policies and procedures with their staff (this presentation must be customized prior to presenting it to staff)
- Mid-Year Check-in: Staff reflect on their experience with Second Step to date, and think through successes, challenges and steps to address those challenges
- End of Year Check-in: Staff review their year of Second Step, discuss successes and challenges, and discuss ways to improve Second Step implementation for the next school year
- Targeted support for lesson instructors: Videos unique to each grade level and unit that cover…
- Overview of key concepts and skills taught in the unit
- Research behind the unit
- Instructional tips and strategies for teaching the unit
Is there a completion certificate for training?
No. Since the training is a PowerPoint that is designed to be presented by a school leader, there is no completion certificate.