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SECURe: Promoting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Regulation and Academic Success

Program Description

To succeed in school and life, students need to master reading, math, and other academic skills. Developing those skills requires that students learn how to learn, both independently and with others . SECURe is a school-wide program that helps students build these skills and apply them both in and outside of the classroom. It teaches students strategies to focus their thinking, manage their behavior, build positive social relationships, and understand and deal with their feelings — all in ways that support learning and life success. All students come to school with different strengths and experiences in these areas. SECURe is provided to all students for two reasons: 1) every student has something to learn and something to share in these areas, and 2) when all students know and use the same strategies, those strategies are more useful and effective. SECURe is designed to help each student and the school community as a whole.

What does SECURe do and why?

SECURe includes 39 weeks of classroom lessons along with school-wide routines, structures, games, parent involvement opportunities, and “extend and connect” opportunities to reinforce skills in an ongoing and cumulative way. Intensive support for teachers and administrators, via coaching and training, are an integral part of the intervention.

The program has four main goals:  

  1. To improve students’ learning by teaching specific skills and how to use them. These skills include: focusing attention, effectively maintaining and using the high levels of energy characteristic of school-age children, behaving in positive and appropriate ways, and understanding and managing feelings;
  2. To foster engaged learners by providing tools that build and support a positive climate in classrooms and the school as a whole;
  3. To build students’ ability to face challenges and solve problems by providing activities and routines that promote cognitive, social, and emotional skills; 
  4. To increase students’ positive social and behavioral outcomes by teaching strategies for forming strong relationships, maintaining positive mental health, and making safe and responsible decisions.