The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning: Implementing Second Steps © In a Kindergarten Classroom

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Courtney LaLonde


Social, Emotional, Learning, Kindergarten



The purpose of this study was to investigate how social and emotional learning skills (SEL) need to be present in schools. Many students enter school with behavioral and emotional issues and teachers often lack resources to help them. This study took place in a kindergarten classroom, located in a rural, small, school in the Midwest where students receive SEL guidance once a month for fifteen minutes. The original study plan was to implement the curriculum, Second Steps © into the kindergarten classroom. The plan was to use data tracking and student observations to observe behavioral changes. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the study protocol changed to an auto-ethnographic study. The auto-ethnographic elements focused on teacher experience while supporting the mental health of the students and families during this time and the best way to guide them during the pandemic and the distant learning phase. Findings from this study included realizations of the importance of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management and relationship building skills.

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