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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 postsecondary 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.

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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.
Kansas Social-Emotional Character Development Model StandardsThis is the updated 2018 version of the standards rebranded and reformatted.
SECD Student Competencies 
Social-Emotional and School Safety ArticlesThe Sept. edition of School Administrator has several articles related to social-emotional growth as well as school safety.
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.
SECD Aligned to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards 
Standards - SECD - Instructional Examples - K-12These are the revised SECD Standards approved by the State Board in July 2018.
Standards - SECD - Student Growth Measure - K-12This document provides examples of growth measures for the k-12 SECD Standards.
Measuring Social-Emotional Growth (SEG) Locally ToolkitThis document is a comprehensive guide for measuring social-emotional growth that includes examples in the appendices.
Panorama's Adult SEL MeasuresThis document from Panorama outlines how to measure adult SEL.
Integrated Learning Process: The 5 Growth Principles ExamplesThis document provides examples for the principles of the Integrated Learning Process.
Equitable Classroom Practices Observation ChecklistThis is a checklist of how to make instructional practices equitable.

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.
Alignment for SECD Standards and Kansans Can CompetenciesThis document aligns the SECD Standards with the Kansans Can Competency Wheel.
Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Model Standards for Birth Through High SchoolA 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? 



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