8-step free standing SEL lessons for middle school students

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Step Up is a set of free-standing social emotional learning lessons adapted for middle school students in response to the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (US). Individual lessons can be implemented into the school day or all of them can be followed sequentially over the course of a couple of weeks. The curriculum includes 8 steps, each comprised of two 25-minute lessons. Each step focuses on a particular concept, skill set, or strategy for the promotion of healthy relationships and emotional regulation. These 8 steps are: Social Connections, Understanding and Expressing Feelings, Respecting Boundaries, Building Empathy, Mood Control, Stopping Manipulation, Self-Regulation, and Motivation. Each lesson incorporates breath-work and student journaling. Parent engagement is facilitated through the use of informational memos.

Step Up is designated as a Complementary program on the 2015 CASEL guide and recognized through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practice (NREPP).

Educators are trained to deliver the program through a two-day, in-person, on-site workshop or through a trained trainer workshop.