Outline of the state of Oregon

Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development

Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development

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

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-021-0200 Standard Education for Oregon Students

(4) Character Education. Character Education is the process of helping students develop and practice the core ethical values that our diverse society shares and holds important. These values include, but are not limited to, respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, justice and fairness, and civic virtue and citizenship.

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Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-2060 Comprehensive School Counseling


  • (a) District Comprehensive School Counseling. Each school district shall provide a coordinated comprehensive school counseling program to support the academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement development of each and every student. The district shall:
  • (b) Adopt comprehensive school counseling program goals that assist students to:
  • (A) Understand and utilize the educational opportunities and alternatives available to them;
  • (B) Meet academic Standard;
  • (C) Establish tentative career and educational goals;
  • (D) Create and maintain an education plan and education portfolio;
  • (E) Demonstrate the ability to utilize personal qualities, education and training, in the world of work;
  • (F) Develop decision-making skills;
  • (G) Obtain information about self;
  • (H) Accept increasing responsibility for their own actions, including the development of self-advocacy skills;
  • (I) Develop skills in interpersonal relations, including the use of affective and receptive communication;
  • (J) Utilize school and community resources.
  • (K) Demonstrate and discuss personal contributions to the larger community; and
  • (L) Know where and how to utilize personal skills in making contributions to the community.

(2) School Comprehensive Counseling. Each school shall provide a comprehensive counseling program that serves students grades K through 12, based upon the Oregon Department of Education's Framework for Comprehensive School which:

  • (a) Identifies staff responsibilities to plan, design and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the unique needs of their students and community;
  • (b) Aligns with the district's school improvement plans;
  • (c) Assigns counseling responsibilities to the appropriate personnel;
  • (d) Expects all school staff to participate in implementing the comprehensive school counseling program;
  • (e) Assists each student to develop, and annually review, an educational plan (a formalized plan and process in which students establish their education, career and life goals, identify learning goals and connect them to activities that will help them achieve their goals) in grades 7-12. and

(3) Counseling Staff Assignments. Each school district shall maintain a licensed staff and promote effective counseling and advising practices consistent with the district's expected comprehensive school counseling program outcomes. In determining staffing for the program, the following shall be considered:

  • (a) Alignment with the American School Counselor Association and School Social Work Association recommended ratio of 1:250 students;
  • (b) The number of aides or clerical staff assigned to support the implementation of the comprehensive school counseling program.

(4) The department shall conduct a review of annual comprehensive school counseling program assessments of any district and/or school as part of the program evaluation and improvement process.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

This is the SEL landing page that provides resources for teachers to use in order to support SEL in the classroom

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