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Kansas State Department of Education Kansans Can Star Recognition Program

Social-Emotional Growth

Academics are important. However, they along won’t guarantee a student success after high school. The Kansas State Board of Education believes social-emotional growth should be measured locally. Kansans told us schools need to place more emphasis on helping students develop nonacademic skills, such as teamwork, perseverance and critical thinking so they can go on to be more successful in their postsecondary pursuits. Students who lack these skills may find it harder to find success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Research shows that schools that incorporate social-emotional and character development have more student engagement, decreased suspensions and improved academic skills.

Beginning in 2020, districts will have the opportunity to apply for social-emotional growth recognition.







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(785) 296-3201

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