This year we will continue to use a program called "Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum" to help students develop and practice positive social skills. This is just a part of our commitment to combat bullying behaviors at IES. In addition to implementing these lessons, staff members are participating in the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program to promote healthy social interactions and to discourage and address destructive ones.
The Second Step program is divided into three units:
UNIT 1: EMPATHY TRAINING - Children learn about feelings and ways to show understanding and caring toward others.
UNIT 2: IMPULSE CONTROL and PROBLEM SOLVING - Children learn new ways to solve problems and to practice skills as calming down and apologizing.
UNIT 3: ANGER MANAGEMENT - Children learn to manage and express their anger in ways that do not hurt others.Incorporating photographs and videos of children in every day situations, Second Step lessons introduce and teach all the above skills. All students are given the chance to practice the skills they are learning through role-playing and discussions. While this program is a terrific vehicle for introducing discussions on a variety of social topics, it is used as a "springboard" of sorts, from which specific, relevant class discussions develop.THE SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTERTrustworthinessRespectResponsibilityFairnessCaringCitizenship