SECURe: Promoting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Regulation and Academic Success
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?
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:
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;
- To foster engaged learners by providing tools that build and support a positive climate in classrooms and the school as a whole;
build students’ ability to face challenges and solve problems by
providing activities and routines that promote cognitive, social, and
- To increase students’ positive social and
behavioral outcomes by teaching strategies for forming strong
relationships, maintaining positive mental health, and making safe and