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 School Counseling, KSDE SECD Standards/Curriculum/Evaluation firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Susan Johnson: SECD Trainer, Greenbush ESC firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Getto: SECD Trainer, Keystone ESC email@example.com
Jodi Grover: SECD Trainer, ESSDACK ESC firstname.lastname@example.org
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