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Social-Emotional Growth and the Kansans Can Vision for Education

Social-Emotional Growth (SEG) is a high priority for Kansans. In the Kansas Can Vision for Education, SEG is one of the five measured outcome set forth by the Kansas State Board of Education. Skills encompassed in SEG include 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-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.

The Kansans Can Vision for Education calls for a more student-focused system that provides support and resources for individual success and will require everyone to work together to make it a reality. Together, Kansans Can.

American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leader in SEG. In October of 2016 AIR released a comprehensive report titled, “When Districts Support and Integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Findings from an Ongoing Evaluation of Districtwide Implementation of SEL". This report provides the research base that demonstrates the importance of integrating SEG in Kansas schools.

For this vision to become reality, SEG must be seamlessly integrated into all areas of the school environment. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has produced short video explaining the Kansans Can Vision for SEG, along with the Kansans Can Process for Social Emotional Integration.

Kansas SECD Standards, Resources, and Measurement Documents

Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) adopted aligned Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) Standards in 2012, and was the first state to adopt such standards integrated with character development. The second revision of these standards will be submitted to the KSBE for consideration in June 2018.

In addition to the Kansas SECD standards, KSDE has incorporated the Kansans Can Competency Framework. This comprehensive resource is aligned with the Kansans Can Vision for Education, and it supports the integration of social-emotional competencies, curriculum and instruction. The following resources will provide information regarding standards, competencies, resources and measurement.

Resources and Professional Development

The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) is the technical assistance provider for KSDE. The KSDE has a wealth of evidence-based resources and professional development opportunities for Kansas educators including a calendar of high quality events with links to registration and a monthly e-newsletter at www.ksdetasn.org. TASN webpages specific to Social-Emotional Growth, behavior, trauma, school mental health (SMH), and school culture include:

Other Professional Development Resources include:

Topics of Interest Related to School Culture, Climate and Equity

Inherent in the Kansans Can Vision are the concepts of school culture, climate, and equity. As schools strive to address the social-emotional and mental health needs of students common themes arise, such as, trauma, trauma informed schools, resiliency, and restorative practices. The following are useful resources related to these topics.

Trauma-Informed Schools

What is trauma-informed? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines it this way. “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.” The following resources provide information regarding trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), and resiliency.

Restorative Practices

A restorative school implements a restorative approach to resolve conflict and heal relationships. Restorative approaches refer to strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen. The following are resources related to restorative justice/practices.

Evidence-Based Practices in Social Emotional Growth

As schools seek to enhance social-emotional growth, it is essential that they be utilizing evidence-based practices. The following resources will link schools to best practices in social-emotional growth.

State Associations

School psychologists, counselors and social workers are vital in promoting mental health and wellness in our schools. Each of these groups bring unique perspectives to school mental health teams, and provide rich resources and guidance to school staff.

KSDE values the relationship that exists between schools and Community Mental Health Centers. This relationship continues to strengthen as efforts increase to address the mental health needs of students.

The following are state organizations for school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and Kansas Community Mental Health Centers.

Recommended National Websites

American Institute for Research One of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations.

Association for Supervision, Curriculum and Development Dedicated 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.

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