Social-emotional and character development (SECD) skills encompass intrapersonal and interpersonal abilities, such as self-awareness, social awareness, problem solving, and decision making. These are skills that can be taught, and they are foundational to student success in school and life. It is important for schools to measure the social and emotional development of students, just as academic development is measured. These measures can inform instructional practice, moving social and emotional learning from a singular endeavor to an integrated part of daily instruction.
Kansas state SECD standards have been in effect since April of 2012, and are subject to a scheduled revision process. A committee chaired by Kent Reed, program consultant with KSDE, began this revision process in October 2017. Newly revised state SECD standards are expected to be completed by August 2018.
The 2017-2022 School Personnel Development Grant addresses a singular critical Kansas priority area for schools by establishing a systematic, coordinated, tiered system of trauma-informed, school mental health that will build the resilience of Kansas children and adolescents with disabilities and their peers.
State Personnel Development Grant Proposal (PDF)
The following resources have been developed by KSDE and the Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), the technical assistance provider for KSDE.
American Institute for Research One of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations.
Association for Supervision, Curriculum and Developmentdedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Character Lab Researching and creating new ways to help all students develop character.
Character.org An organization of passionate people advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Advancing the practice of promoting integrated academic, social, and emotional learning for all children in preschool through high school.
National Center of Safe Supportive Learning Environments Information and technical assistance for States, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment.
Technical Assistance System Network Technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.
The needs and strengths of each school system are unique. The State Board of Education expects individual school systems to measure social-emotional learning, and determine the best way to assess, implement and support SECD locally.
Considerations on how to assess social-emotional learning:
Tools for measuring SECD locally:
Education Program Consultant
Chair/State School Board Representative:
School Mental Health Advisory Council
Kansans Can Fact Sheets
Board Goals and Outcomes
Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council
Social, Emotional, and Character Development Fact Sheet (PDF)
Main Team Page
Reports and Collections
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)
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