Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

David Tack


Second Step, Social-Emotional Learning, academic and behavior success, SEL


Social-emotional learning directly effects students’ academic and behavioral success in the educational and home setting. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Casel, 2019). The purpose of this study was to determine the outcome the Second Step curriculum had on the social-emotional well-being of second grade students and to investigate the relationship between SEL and lifelong learning. This study was designed to assess students through the use of formative and summative assessment and observation using the Student Knowledge Assessment and brain builder games, as well as, a frequency and intensity data collection tool. There is substantial evidence linking the success of an SEL curriculum to student academic and behavioral outcomes and this research is an indication of the importance of a strong SEL program in the educational setting.