The New Middle School D.A.R.E. Curriculum “Keepin’ it REAL”
Officers Samuel Bady and Mark Wood began teaching the new middle school D.A.R.E. curriculum “Keepin’ It REAL” at Brentwood Middle School and Woodland Middle School during the 2009–2010 school year.
With research showing that adolescents, in particular, need to be involved in the learning process, experts shifted the focus in the new D.A.R.E. curriculum to include officer-facilitated work, discussion groups, and role-playing sessions. New D.A.R.E. is about giving kids the skills and information they need to make good life choices.
Within “kiR”, the acronym REAL is its central message, providing students with skills to employ in refusing offers to use drugs and engage in other high-risk behaviors -- Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave.
D.A.R.E. America and The Pennsylvania State University have joined forces for D.A.R.E.’s delivery of "keepin’ it REAL “kiR.” Detailed information about “kiR” can be found on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) web site www.nrepp.samhsa.gov
The D.A.R.E.- “kiR” curriculum represents over 20 years of research by the Drug Resistance Strategies Project about why our youth use drugs. Out of this research a school-based substance abuse prevention program, “kiR”, was developed collaboratively by PSU and ASU.
Grounded in cultural norms and values, the program provides youth the skills to live drug-free lives confidently, drawing on their strengths and the strengths of their families and communities.
The “kiR” curriculum is organized as a 10-week, 10 lesson program. Each lesson requires one 40 - 45 minutes class period and is designed to promote interaction between students and officers. Fun activities are included to involve students in their learning and allow them to exercise "REAL" resistance strategies. The program's lessons engage youth through their own stories or narratives and teach youth critical thinking skills and resistance strategies. The curriculum has 10 lessons, 5 of which use videos, and was designated as an evidence-based program on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
High School Program
Our D.A.R.E. Officers conduct a two week program at Brentwood and Ravenwood High Schools highlighting the dangers and consequences of drug use and abuse. The officers utilize a donated golf cart and “Fatal Vision Goggles” to allow students to experience how alcohol can visually impair a driver.
D.A.R.E. Officers spend time in all Brentwood Elementary Schools visiting with grades K – 5 speaking with students about a variety of topics including; Personal Safety, Following Rules, Bullying Prevention, Internet Safety, Stranger Danger, and Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention.
These visitations are designed to compliment what the Guidance Counselors are speaking to the students about.