California Health Education and TUPE
Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, provide guidance on the essential skills and knowledge that students should have at each grade level across six health education content areas, one of which is Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. This content area overlaps considerably with TUPE program efforts.
California students learn skills identified in the Standards to increase their
Health Literacy, defined by the World Health Organization as the
cognitive and social skills that determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information in ways that promote and maintain good health.
California Health Education Framework
The newly adopted Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, provides an update to curricular resources that support high-quality health education instruction. The Framework is designed to help teachers and administrators create a curriculum that is standards-based and therefore, anchored in skill development. In addition to the guidance for teachers and administrators on standards implementation, the Framework includes new chapters on assessment, access and equity, instructional strategies, and professional learning—all designed to assist teachers and administrators in furthering the collective goal of creating healthy students throughout the state of California.
TECC is a statewide technical assistance provider that supports the development and distribution of effective educational materials for the California Department of Public Health and tobacco control projects.