April 27, 2017

D.A.R.E. High School Curricula

Posted on September 12, 2016 by in Curriculum, Educational Courses, News

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REAL Messages

D.A.R.E.’s REAL Messages is a health and media literacy curriculum that reduces alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and promotes healthy and safe behavior by improving students’ abilities to analyze and critically evaluate the promotion of substance use in media such as social media, TV, print, and other forms. REAL Messages is designed to promote positive officer/student relationships without serious demands on law enforcement personnel resources. The on-line module consists of five brief, highly interactive lessons delivered through state-of-the-art e-learning format. The officer delivers an introduction and concluding lesson while students complete the rest of the curriculum online. The program for 9th or 10th grade students can be delivered in a flexible format in one week or spread over 5 weeks.

D.A.R.E.’s REAL Messages is adapted from an evidence-based curriculum shown to change attitudes and intentions to use drugs. A self-paced curriculum, REAL Messages engages students to create their own anti-drug messages that they can share with friends and the community. REAL Messages is an engaging and fun way to teach students to analyze ads they see every day and develop critical thinking ability.


myPlaybook High School

Based on an evidence-based prevention model, the myPlaybook High School is designed to help high school students make safe and healthy choices about alcohol and other drugs. A preliminary study showed that high school students completing the course experienced:

  • Greater improvements in skills to resist drug offers;
  • More accurate perceptions that friends view drug use as unacceptable;
  • Decreased intentions to use alcohol and cigarettes in the next 30 days; and
  • Reductions in past month alcohol use

The curriculum engages students with interactive tools and is delivered using a state-of-the-art instructional design that is engaging, interactive and fun. Students answer questions, make predictions, and evaluate their own behavior to keep them fully engaged throughout online content.

myPlaybook is taught by highly trained law enforcement officers with one significant difference – as a web-assisted curriculum designed to afford continued positive officer/students interaction, it actually reduces the demands upon law enforcement personnel resources. The officer delivers two lessons face-to-face, and students complete the remainder of the course on-line. In addition, an optional add-on module is designed to provide specialized content for student athletes.

myPlaybook High School curriculum meets many state Standards of Learning for health education.

myPlaybook High School Sample Lesson:

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Celebrating Safely

A Supplemental Resource Packet
11th or 12th Grade

D.A.R.E.’s high school curricula also provide a unique Resource Packet for a high school’s homecoming, prom, and graduation seasons addressing underage drinking and providing guidance for celebrating safely. “Celebrating Safely” is the first entry in what will become a library of D.A..R.E. high school standalone presentations. The Resource Packet includes…

  • Presentation that serves as a written guide on underage drinking and safety tips for celebrations. The presentation is perfect for assemblies or individual classes.
  • PowerPoint slides to visually accompany the presentation.
  • Film illustrating safety tips for celebrations.
  • Script for a live student performance illustrating safety tips for celebrations.
  • Pamphlets for parents containing safety tips for celebrations and transportation tips.