Middle School Social and Emotional Learning
Scholars at PAI & PAII Middle Schools participate in weekly SEL lessons though the Second Step program.
The Second Step Middle School program, focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:
Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.
Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.
Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.
Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can’t be avoided, think about other people’s perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.
ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.