Kentucky - HE K-12 curriculum—mental and emotional health (HS): Curricula

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State law addresses mental and emotional health.

Kentucky Academic Standards for High School Health Education

1.PL-H-PW: Personal Wellness (Health Education)

Big Idea:

Wellness is maximum well-being, or total health. Personal Wellness is a combination of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. It involves making choices and decisions each day that promote an individual’s physical well-being, the prevention of illnesses and diseases, and the ability to remain, physically, mentally, spiritually, socially and emotionally healthy.

Academic Expectations

2.29 Students demonstrate skills that promote individual well-being and healthy family relationships.

2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being.

2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy.

3.2 Students demonstrate the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills.

4.4 Students demonstrate the ability to accept the rights and responsibilities for self and others.

5.1 Students use critical thinking skills such as analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing, evaluating, and comparing to solve a variety of problems in real-life situations.

5.4 Students use a decision-making process to make informed decisions among options.

Kentucky Academic Standards for High School Health Education

D. PL-H-PW-S-SMEH: Skills and Concepts – Social, Mental and Emotional Health

Students will demonstrate social interaction skills by…

PL-H-PW-S-SMEH1: demonstrate social interaction skills by: (NHES: 4, 5, 6, 7)

  • PL-H-PW-S-SMEH1.a: identifying and utilizing management techniques needed for dealing with intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships throughout life (NHES: 4, 7)

  • PL-H-PW-S-SMEH1.b: using and explaining the importance of effective social interaction skills (e.g., respect, self-advocacy, cooperation, communication, identifying different perspectives and points of view, empathy, friendship) (NHES: 4)

  • PL-H-PW-S-SMEH1.c: recommending and justifying effective strategies (e.g., problem solving, decision making, refusal skills, anger management, conflict resolution) for responding to stress, conflict, peer pressure and bullying (NHES: 5)

  • PL-H-PW-S-SMEH1.d: identifying and explaining changes in roles, responsibilities and skills needed to effectively work in groups throughout life (e.g., setting realistic goals, time and task management, planning, decision-making process, perseverance) (NHES: 5,6)

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