State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.
Kansas Social-Emotional character Development (SECD)
SECD is teaching, practicing, modeling and encouraging essential personal life habits that are universally understood as making people good human beings and citizens.
Kansas Statutes 72-3231. Character development programs.
(a) Upon request of a school district, the state board shall assist in the development of a grade appropriate curriculum for character development programs which may be offered to students in the school district. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring the state board to develop a new curriculum or a new character development program.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) “Character development program” means a program which is secular in nature and which stresses character qualities.
(2) “Character qualities” means positive character qualities which include, but is not limited to, honesty, responsibility, attentiveness, patience, kindness, respect, self-control, tolerance, cooperation, initiative, patriotism and citizenship
(3) “State board” means the state board of education.