Oklahoma - Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development: Programs and Services (S/D)

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

Oklahoma Statutes 70-1210.229-6. Program of character education.

A. The board of education of every school district in this state may develop and implement a comprehensive program for character education in any single grade or combination of grades, prekindergarten through twelfth. The character education program shall focus on development of character traits in students. The program of character education may include, but shall not be limited to, the voluntary reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

B. The State Department of Education shall develop and make available to all school districts through an Internet website, the following:

    1. Technical assistance upon request of a school district;
    1. A list of approved research-based character education programs, curricula, and materials which may be used by school districts;
    1. A character education honor roll that will recognize school districts that have successfully implemented a comprehensive school-district-wide program of character education and will highlight the positive impacts the program has had on each school or school district; and
    1. A character education reading list of books that may include, but is not limited to, books that illustrate models of good character and books that relate to the development of good character traits that may be used by schools in a character education program.
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