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School Counseling -- Social, Emotional and Character Development

The Social, Emotional, Character Development (SECD) standards, adopted at the April 2012 meeting of the Kansas State Department of Education are designed to help keep children safe and successful while developing their academic and life skills. With support from the U.S. Department of Education's Partnership in Character Education Grant Program (PCEP), Kansas is the first state to develop such standards.

A committee composed of teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents and let by Kent Reed, program consultant for school counseling with the Kansas State Department of Education, and Sue Kidd (PCEP Coordinator), were charged with ensuring the standards aligned with other state and federal initiatives, including college and career readiness, Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), 21st Century Skills and Kansas Common Core Standards.

The purpose of the Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards is to provide schools a framework for integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) with character development so that students will learn, practice and model essential personal life habits that contribute to academic, vocational and personal success. It is about learning to be caring and civil, to make healthy decisions, to problem solve effectively, to value excellence, to be respectful and responsible, to be good citizens and to be empathetic and ethical individuals.

Please forward questions to:


Kent Reed, KSDE Project Director kreed@ksde.org  
Noalee McDonald-Augustine, SECD Standards Co-Chair NMcDonald@smokyhill.org  
Meg Wilson, SECD Standards Co-Chair mwilson@usd431.net  
Sue Kidd, PCEP Grant Coordinator skidd.kschared@gmail.com  
Audrey Neuschafer, SECD Technical Assistance Coordinator, audrey.neuschafer@swplains.org  

Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards and Learning Resources

The following documents represent the Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards (SECD) which were adopted by the State Board of Education on April 17, 2012 and revised on December 3, 2012.
SECD Overview Fact Sheet 2014This document provides an overview of the Kansas SECD Standards.
Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards (SECD) The Social-Emotional Character Standards were approved by the State BOE in 2012 and reflect a frame work for teaching students social-emotional learning (SEL), Kansas was the first state to adopt SEL standards combined with character development principle
SECD Aligned to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards 
Character Development Strand with Instructional Examples K-12 
Personal Development Strand with Instructional Examples K-12 
Social Development Strand with Instructional Examples K-12 

Support Materials for the SECD Standards

Resources and support documents aimed at helping in the understanding and implementing of the SECD standards. Click on a title to view the resource.

School Counseling
Program Consultant

Kent Reed
(785) 296-8109

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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