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Social Emotional Character Development: Standards, Assessment and Instruction

The Social, Emotional, Character Development (SECD) standards were adopted in April of 2012 and revised in July of 2018 by the Kansas State Board of Education. They are designed to help keep children safe and successful while developing their academic, social-emotional and post-secondary skills. Kansas was the first state to adopted social-emotional character development standards.

 

A committee composed of teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents led by co-chairs Noalee McDonald-Augustine (Smoky Hill Service Center) and Wendy Tien (Circle High School) were charged with ensuring the standards aligned with other state initiatives including kindergarten readiness, social-emotional growth, graduation, MTSS, school mental health, prevention statutes and post-secondary success.

 

The purpose of the Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards is to provide schools a framework for integrating social-emotional growth (SEG) with character development so that students will learn, practice and model essential personal life habits that contribute to academic, social-emotional and post-secondary 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 School Counseling, KSDE SECD Standards/Curriculum/Evaluation kreed@ksde.org  
Noalee McDonald-Augustine: SECD Standards Co-chair, Ks.character.org, SECD Trainer, Smoky Hill ESC NMcDonald@smokyhill.org  
Wendy Tien: SECD Standards Co-chair, Circle High School wtien@usd375.org

Susan Johnson: SECD Trainer, Greenbush ESC susanjohnsonconsulting@gmail.com

Mary Getto: SECD Trainer, Keystone ESC marygetto@yahoo.com

Jodi Grover: SECD Trainer, ESSDACK ESC jodigrover@essdack.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.
 TitleDescription
Social Emotional Learning District Implementation and Professional Development Guidance (Minnesota Dept. of Education)A new release from Minnesota Dept. of Ed that is a guide for implementing SECD (SEL) at the USD level.
Spark! Magazine Issue 1Spark! is a great resource for K-5 social-emotional learning (SECD)
Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards (SECD) These standards are the 2018 revisions to the original (2012) SECD standards.
Measuring SECD ToolkitThis document will provide overview information as well as specific examples of meeting Board Outcome #5- "Measuring SECD Locally."
SECD Standards Crosswalk with KESA 5 R'sThis tool will provide ideas and examples of how to align the SECD Standards with the KESA Accreditation 5 R's.
2016 Social-Emotional Character Development Fact SheetThis is the KSDE Fact Sheet for SECD. Information includes "What is SECD?"; "Why SECD?"; an SECD Standards graphic; "Common Measures for Evaluating SEL"; "The 11 Principles of Character Education"; "Resources" and the New Board Outcomes (SECD is #5).
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.
 TitleDescription
Kansas Character Education Initiative and Kansas State Schools of Character Recognition Program 
Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Model Standards for Birth Through High SchoolThis document provides a concise overview/summary of Kansas' comprehensive Social Emotional Character Development Standards (now inclusive of "birth through high school", as opposed to K-12). It serves as a structural overview of the Kansas SECD standards
Likert Scale for SECD Student Growth MeasureThis document provides an example of one method of developing student growth measures (SGM) for SECD.
SECD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) 
Why Should Administrators Support and Promote the SECD Standards? 
Why Should Parents & Community Support and Promote the SECD Standards? 
Why Should Students Develop the SECD Standards? 
Why Should Teachers Support and Promote the SECD Standards? 

School Counseling
Program Consultant

Kent Reed
(785) 296-8109
kreed@ksde.org

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979
slsmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Graduation

Branden Johnson
(785) 296-2078
bjohnson@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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