Social Emotional Learning at Lincoln Public Schools

CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) defines Social Emotional Learning as: “The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Lincoln Public Schools has chosen curriculum created by the Committee for Children to assist our students in their Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The Second Step Curriculum is used in our pre-k through 7th grade classes.  Additionally, children in Kindergarten through 5th grade also receive the Bullying Prevention Unit curriculum.

Information regarding the Second Step and Bully Prevention Unit curriculums can be found from the Committee for Children website. A short summary of both curriculums is also included below.

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Social Emotional Learning - Second Step Program and Bullying Prevention Unit

The Second Step program is:

  • A classroom-based social-emotional learning program with lessons and reinforcement activities designed to increase children’s school success and decrease problem behaviors.
  • It teaches skills that strengthen children’s ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. When children have these skills it creates a safer, more respectful learning environment that promotes school success for all.
  • The program achieves its goal by promoting social-emotional skills and self-regulation, or self-control. Research shows that children with good social-emotional and self-control skills have a better chance at achieving school and life success.

In the Bullying Prevention lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening
  • Report bullying to a caring adult
  • Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
  • Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

School to Home communication is a regular part of the Second Step program, particularly in the pre-k through 5th grade lessons. These communications help parents and guardians understand what their students are learning from these curriculums and also give their student a chance to practice these skills at home.

Please contact Matt Avey, LPS Health Curriculum Specialist at or Carrie Erks LPS School Social Worker at  if you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step program.