Getting Started with Owning Up

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and Professional Development

The Curriculum

Social dynamics, anxiety, and conflicts influence every child’s ability to learn. A safe school climate depends on teaching students the skills to manage their emotions and critically think through solutions to social conflicts. How, then, do you prepare youth to be engaged learners and responsible, socially conscious citizens? This  Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and Professional Development provides you with the resources to teach young people that their dignity and the dignity of others is the principle that guides our decisions and actions every day in our friendships, families, and schools.

Created in collaboration with young people and educators, Owning Up Curriculum  guides young people to understand:

  • themselves in relation to group behavior
  • the influence of social media on their identity and conflicts
  • the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry and how to address them effectively
  • how to regulate their emotions and know when and how to ask for help from a trusted adult
  • how to address the systems of power and oppression

Whether you teach in a school, a team, or a youth-serving organization, Owning Up is a flexible, innovative curriculum that respects your knowledge of the young people and communities you serve by giving you the following:


Designed sessions to be facilitated by a school counselor, teacher, leader, or other professionals in small group settings.
Discussions, games, and role-playing to engage young people in the complexities of social culture.
Connects critical topics like friendship conflicts, media analysis, gender, sexual harassment, racism, self-image, and identifying supportive adults.
Lessons are separated by grade to met students’ development levels.

Professional Development


The Owning Up Training is a professional development program from Cultures of Dignity for educators who work with middle and high school students to implement the Owning Up Curriculum in their school or organization. While an individual can buy Owning Up and use it without receiving any training, the Training gives educators the best foundation to implement the curriculum. In addition, we have online resources that are available when and where it works best for you.

District Wide Trainings

Bring the CoD team to your district and train on the core concepts of the Owning Up Program including civic dialogue and critical thinking in moments of conflict across all campuses.

School Wide Trainings

Learn ways to understand and engage in the academic, social, and emotional complexities of adolescence relevant to your community.

Individual Trainings

We already have Owning Up Trainings scheduled around the country. Join one of the trainings near you!