CASEL Framework for Social-Emotional Learning
  • What is Second Step SEL?

    Adopted by LCPS in 2019, the Second Step® program is a universal, evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum taught by classroom teachers of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students learn and practice critical social-emotional and executive functioning skills that support student success in school while preparing them for everyday life. Second Step includes four teacher-led units, each with five to eight interactive lessons. Family communications accompany each Second Step lesson, providing lesson summaries and prompts to reinforce the learning at home. 

    The following units are covered in the Second Step curriculum:

    Elementary (Kindergarten - Grade 5)                               

    Growth Mindset and Goal-Setting                                      
    Emotion Management
    Empathy and Kindness                                                       

    Middle School (Grade 6-8)

    Mindsets and Goals                                      
    Recognizing Bullying and Harassment 
    Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions
    Managing Relationships and Social Conflict

    Second Step SEL is implemented in all elementary schools and will be fully implemented in middle schools by the 2023-2024 school year. 

    To learn more about the Second Step curriculum, view the Scope & Sequence and visit

    View Second Step Elementary Sample Lessons and Middle School Sample Lessons

  • Family Curriculum Access

    Families have access to viewing all lessons and family engagement materials in the Second Step Elementary and Second Step Middle School curriculums through their own Second Step account. Create your Second Step account by visiting and entering your school access code. For more information about your school's code, please contact your school administration. (Directions: How to Create a Second Step Account)

  • High School SEL

    LCPS has not adopted Second Step or other curriculums to teach SEL in high schools, yet there are many
    ways schools are addressing social-emotional learning and mental wellness through school-wide campaigns
    and classroom lessons, including: School Counseling Lessons and Advisory Lessons; Sources of Strength
    and other student leadership groups; and Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships (PEER).

    Visit the Virginia Department of Education information on SEL: VDOE Social-Emotional Learning