Officers’ Curriculum Digital Downloads

This section contains information exclusively for D.A.R.E. Officers.

D.A.R.E. University
D.A.R.E. University, also known as D.A.R.E. U, is a an on-line platform for certified D.A.R.E. Officers to meet the need for on-demand, online education to support a diverse spectrum of D.A.R.E. personnel.

D.A.R.E. University will consist of multiple courses and learning tracks built using Talent Learning Management System (LMS). During 2021 preliminary work focused on choosing the LMS software system that would provide the best value for developing engaging learning experiences and integrate seamlessly with existing CRM system, Salesforce.

In 2022, the first phase of D.A.R.E. U will be developed and released mid-year in conjunction with the DOT Enrichment project. The purpose is to provide an 8-10 hour pre-course to prepare each D.A.R.E. Officer candidate before they join a face-to-face DOT course. Future phases will include continuing professional development opportunities for D.A.R.E. Officers, DOT Training teams, and others.

Using an LMS will allow seamless access for all users, at any time, from anywhere, with any device. It will allow for rapid response to training needs throughout the year and will improve both officer skill and relationship with D.A.R.E. America by offering continuous professional development opportunities and a clear path for developing in the role.

D.A.R.E. U will allow D.A.R.E. America to continuously gather candidate training performance data and use it to better develop our training programs. Further, we can easily deploy officer surveys to quickly gather feedback and information, as well as to quickly disseminate training updates when situations or curricula change.

For use by D.A.R.E. Officers ONLY

These materials are intended for use by CERTIFIED D.A.R.E. Officers ONLY; all rights reserved. Their use by any other individuals, institutions, or other organizations is strictly prohibited without D.A.R.E. America’s prior approval.

Please note, the Officer Download document is NOT the complete instructional guide for that particular lesson. Rather it supports the full lesson by providing supporting information and instructions (with the exception of Celebrating Safely).

myPlaybook: Core High School Curriculum 2019

Two page update to curricula due to new legislation

Suggested script for Officers to read when covering the “Did You Know?” facts for tobacco:

  • Direct students to read the first fact (minimum legal purchase age)
  • Ask “Who can tell me what happened in December 2019 to change this fact?”
  • Instruct students to cross out references to ages 18 and 19, reinforce that the new federal law makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 in every state.
myPlaybook: Core is a four-lesson curriculum designed for delivery to High School Students, ideally in 9th or 10th grade. The lesson content is aligned with D.A.R.E. Elementary and Middle school program concepts, continuing the focus on understanding risk behavior and making decisions that support safety and health.

Lesson 1: Your Community and Perceptions of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Lesson Objectives

    • Identify themselves as important members of their school community.
    • Understand the relationship between Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use and being a good community member.
    • Understand the role social norms play in shaping their behavior.
    • Understand that high school students who choose not to drink or do drugs are in the majority.

Lesson 2: Consequences

Lesson Objectives

    • Understand how alcohol and drugs affect the adolescent brain.
    • Describe the negative consequences of alcohol and drug use.
    • Accurately understand risk for experiencing consequences of alcohol and drug use.

Lesson 3: Reasons for Use and Resisting Pressure

Lesson Objectives

    • Understand the reasons some people use AOD and alternatives to use.
    • Understand why people might pressure others to use AOD.
    • Have a personal plan for opting out of pressure or offers to use AOD.

Lesson 4: Being an Upstander

Lesson Objectives

    • Understand themselves as important members of their high school community.
    • Understand pressures that they and their peers may be facing.
    • Feel confident stepping into a scenario safely.

More Than Sad: Teen Mental Health Enhancement Lesson

2019 Curriculum

1 in 5 U.S. adolescents aged 13-18 have experienced a serious mental health disorder1. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people aged 10-242.

More Than Sad is a 45 minute enhancement lesson designed for delivery by D.A.R.E. Officers to High School students, ideally in 9th or 10th grade. D.A.R.E. collaborated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to adapt this lesson for delivery by D.A.R.E. Officers. The purpose of the lesson is to teach teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenge the stigma surrounding depression, demystify the treatment process, and encourage students to talk to a trusted adult about mental health concerns.

Lesson Objectives

    • Identify signs and symptoms of depression in self and others.
    • Recognize that depression is an illness that responds to treatment.
    • Recognize that alcohol and other drugs have a negative effect on mental health.
    • Describe ways to seek help with mental health.
    • Identify treatment that is available and effective.


Vaping Enhancement Lesson


2019 Curriculum


Vaping nicotine nearly doubled among high school seniors from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018. More than 1 in 10 eighth graders (10.9 percent) say they vaped nicotine in the past year, and use is up significantly in virtually all vaping measures among eighth, 10th and 12th graders1. These are—by far—the biggest one-year increases ever seen for any substance in the history of the MTF survey2.


The Vaping enhancement lesson is a 45 minute lesson designed for deliver by D.A.R.E. Officers. This lesson has two versions that present the information at two developmentally appropriate levels of complexity: one is designed for Middle School students in 7th or 8th grade, and one for High School students in 9th or 10th grade. In these lessons, students will learn about the risks associated with vaping and understand how knowledge of risk factors increases over the lifespan of a product.


Lesson Objectives


    • Recognize and identify basic information about vaping.
    • Understand that most people in their grade do not vape.
    • Identify similarities between tobacco and vape use, attitudes, and effects.
    • Identify risks associated with nicotine use.
    • Understand that products initially appearing safe may later be considered harmful as research and user data are studied over time.




K-12 Opioid & OTC/Rx Drug Abuse Prevention Curricula

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keepin’ it REAL Powerpoint Presentations for Officers

keepin’ it REAL Videos for Officers (Will open in YouTube)

New “Family Talk” Take-Home Activities

The new “Family Talk” take home activities are now available for download. They include five take home activities that correspond to the elementary lessons. Officer Instructions on how to use these activities are included.

Download the D.A.R.E. Family Talks PDF

Descargue la D.A.R.E. Conversaciones Familiares PDF

Spanish Take-Home Lessons

Download the D.A.R.E. Spanish Take-Home Lessons PDF

Bullying Overheads

The overheads for the Bullying Supplemental lessons are to be used in conjunction with the lessons. You must receive training for these lessons prior to presenting them in the classroom. If you have not received this training, please contact your state coordinator for training information.

Download the Bullying Overheads PDF

Middle School Materials

Download the keepin’ it REAL Middle School Homework PDF

View and Download All keepin’ it REAL Middle School Materials

D.O.T. D.A.R.E. America Block Day 10

Download the DOT D.A.R.E. America Block Day 10 Presentation

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