Character Education

KTEC believes that school success is not just about reading and math.  It is also about knowing how to learn, how to get along with others, and how to understand and manage feelings.  We use a curriculum called the Second Step program to help our students think about, develop, and practice positive social skills. The Second Step program is divided into the following four areas:

Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings.  Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

The Second Step curriculum is designed to help students thrive both in the classroom and in life.  Second Step lessons will be taught in the classroom and supported by classroom teachers and school counselors for our kindergarten through second-grade students.  Furthermore, school counselors will be reinforcing the Second Step concepts when working with students in small groups. Throughout the year, your child will also be bringing home “Home Links” that go with several of the Second Step lessons.  Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together.  They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and to practice the skills at home.