Best Practices to

Promote Social-Emotional and Character Development and

Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Best Practices consist of approaches/tools, programs, and resources, that have been reviewed as effective ways to promote Social, Emotional, and Character Development (SECD) and to support Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) and violence prevention activities in schools and communities. These best practices have been consolidated by the Rutgers Center for Social and Character Development (, The Rutgers Developing Safe and Civil Schools (DSACS ) Project (, and the Rutgers Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Project ( at the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers. 


Each Best Practice is listed with a description, the source where the practice has been evaluated or reviewed, and the direct web link to the practice.

Use this link to download a PDF version of the full Best Practices list.

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