Capstone Project Title
“Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2020). This capstone was developed around the guiding question: W hat effect does social and emotional learning have on elementary students using the Second Step Curriculum? D ue to the lack of teaching SEL in our district even though they purchased Second Step curricula in 2017 for kindergarten through fourth grade students; I wanted to know more about why they chose Second Step and the effects it would have on elementary students. Due to my finding on the positive effects teaching SEL to elementary students the project I developed was a professional development for my staff to help them understand the importance of teaching SEL but also show how they can easily use the Second Step resource provided to them. The project consisted of a google slides presentation, explanation of Second Step curriculum resources, and handout. Development and implementation of this work in 2020 lead to a greater understanding of social-emotional learning and the use of Second Step curriculum. Potential further impacts of this work include a professional on Second Step curriculum shared and taught through a distance learning platform.
Staff Development, Social Emotional Learning
Wolterstorff, Britteny, "What Effect Does Social and Emotional Learning Have on Elementary Students Using the Second Step Curriculum?" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 574.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects