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Second Step A Violence Prevention Program. Scheri DuBon LAUSD Local District 8 Health Education Programs/ Title IV Advisor (310) 354-3524 Second Step Training Goals. To help staff understand what it means to use a social skills approach to youth violence prevention.

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second step a violence prevention program

Second StepA Violence Prevention Program

Scheri DuBon

LAUSD Local District 8 Health Education Programs/Title IV Advisor

(310) 354-3524

second step training goals
Second Step Training Goals
  • To help staff understand what it means to use a social skills approach to youth violence prevention.
  • To prepare staff to use Second Step curriculum with students.
why did lausd choose second step
Why did LAUSD choose Second Step?

Meets Federal and State Mandates

Only violence prevention curriculum rated as exemplary by the United States Department of Education

Most widely used.

Universal curriculum

in addition to being teacher friendly
In addition to being “Teacher Friendly”
  • Safety and Learning Correlation
  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • District Goals
  • Developmental Assets
  • Brain Research
safety and learning
Safety and Learning
  • Correlation between level of perceived safety and API scores
  • Teaches students how to mediate their emotions so they can calm down and get back to learning
closing the achievement gap
Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Ensure that “disagreements are handled with discussion and with respect for alternative positions”
  • “promote respect for the uniqueness of each person as well as for the ways we are similar”

AEMP/Closing the Achievement Gap Branch, 2004

district goals
District Goals
  • Improved student achievement in English Language Arts
  • Improved student achievement in Math
  • Successful and timely re-designation of EL students
  • Improved attendance rates
  • Improved graduation rates
  • Focused and coherent professional development
developmental assets
Developmental Assets
  • See Handouts
  • Based on success not failure
  • Not a curriculum
  • Second Step promotes 31 of the 40 Assets
brain research
Brain Research
  • “Students must feel physically safe and emotionally secure before they can focus on the curriculum.”

David A. Sousa

How The Brain Learns, 2001

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

safety in our schools
Safety in our Schools
  • “ Trying to create a safe school climate without teaching students social-emotional skills is like trying to educate our students without teaching them to read.”

Kevin Dwyer

School Psychologist

National Expert on School Safety

reasons children fail to act pro socially
Reasons Children Fail to Act Pro-socially
  • Lack of modeling
  • Lack of practice
  • Desired behavior inhibited by emotional responses
  • Inappropriate beliefs about aggression
skill based program prek 8
Skill Based Program: PreK-8
  • Based on research showing that people who engage in child abuse, domestic violence, and other kinds of criminal behavior lack the following skills:
  • Empathy
  • Impulse Control
  • Problem Solving
  • Anger Management
  • Students are taught to:
  • Understand the feelings of others
  • Understand points of view that are different from theirs
  • Respect all people regardless of differences
  • Treat others with kindness
impulse control
Impulse Control
  • Students are taught to mediate their emotions by:
  • Learning to identify their feelings
  • Learning how to interrupt their automatic reactions through calming down techniques
  • Practice these skills in a variety of challenging social-emotional situations
problem solving
  • Students are taught to solve problems in ways that are:
  • Safe
  • Fair
  • Take into account everyone’s feelings
  • Will work
anger management
  • Students are taught to:
  • Identify where in their bodies they feel angry
  • Interrupt the anger cycle through calming down methods
  • Use positive problem-solving methods
  • Assess how well they handled their anger
  • See Handouts
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Lesson Teaching Time Guidelines
  • Lesson Section Breakdown
social skills teaching strategies
Social Skills Teaching Strategies
  • See handout
  • Modeling
  • Coaching and Cueing
  • Storytelling
  • Group Discussion
  • Role-Play Facilitation*
  • Transfer of Learning
  • Committee for Children
  • Developmental Assets

unit review activity
Unit Review Activity
  • Unit Card
  • What is the goal of your unit?
  • What key elements are taught in your unit?
  • What language concepts are taught in your unit?
  • What Transfer of Learning ideas or Extension Activities Ideas would you use?