The Elementary Guidance Assistant Program is designed to cover social-emotional learning to students during their school day using an evidence based social-emotional classroom curriculum called Second Step and/or Toolbox. Second Step is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions.
Guidance Assistants are trained to teach Second Step in the classroom and provide small group workshops for children who would benefit from additional support. Students with parent permission may participate in “Toolbox” groups which are a series of once-a-week, 30-minute lessons during the school day. Groups usually last for 10-12 weeks.