State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-14-109.5. Ninth-grade success grant program - created - criteria - use of grant money - report - rules - definitions - repeal
(2) (a) There is created in the department the ninth-grade success grant program to provide funding to local education providers and charter schools to implement a ninth-grade success program, as described in subsection (5) of this section, to assist students enrolled in ninth grade to develop the skills they need to successfully persist to high school graduation and succeed in their education and professional careers. ...
(5) A local education provider or charter school that receives a grant through the program must use the grant money to implement a ninth-grade success program that, at a minimum, must include the following elements: ...
- (e) Providing instructional support for ninth-grade students including attendance support, content-specific academic interventions, tutoring, course-completion programs, social-emotional learning, and trauma-informed instruction ...
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-29-101. Legislative declaration
The general assembly finds and declares that, while parents are the primary and most important moral educators of their children, such efforts should be reinforced in the school and community environments. The general assembly further finds that research indicating that core character qualities such as family support, community involvement, positive peer influence, motivation to achieve, respect for person and property, common courtesy, conflict resolution, integrity, honesty, fairness, a sense of civil and personal responsibility, purpose, and self-respect help give youth the basic interpersonal skills and attributes that are critical building blocks for successful relationships. The general assembly recognizes each school district's authority to exercise control over the specific instruction of students, yet also recognizes and hereby asserts a significant statewide interest in providing direction to school districts with regard to the character education of Colorado's youth. Therefore, the general assembly hereby encourages school districts to develop and strengthen character education instruction to students. By enacting this article, the general assembly acknowledges the importance of character development and encourages school districts, parents, and communities to work together to prepare youth for positive relationships in today's society.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-29-103. Character education - development - resource
(1) Each school district, either individually or through a board of cooperative services, is strongly encouraged to establish a character education program designed to help students cultivate honesty, respect, responsibility, courtesy, respect for and compliance with the law, integrity, respect for parents, home, and community, and the dignity and necessity of a strong work ethic, conflict resolution, and other skills, habits, and qualities of character that will promote an upright, moral, and desirable citizenry and better prepare students to become positive contributors to society. The program may include information concerning this country's founding documents and concerning religion in American history. Such character education program should be designed to stress the importance that each teacher model and promote the guidelines of behavior established in the character education program for youth to follow at all times, in every class.
(2) The general assembly encourages each school district to work with parents and legal guardians of students enrolled in the school district and the community in which the school district operates in the development of any character education program established pursuant to subsection (1) of this section.