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Focus Area 1A

Create a Team

Establish a highly-functioning SEL team that’s representative of the school community and includes students, families, and community groups in decision-making processes.

“Strategy doesn’t just happen. People working in teams make it happen.”

– Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City from Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Teaching and Learning

The SEL team is a dedicated, representative group of individuals whose task is to lead a coordinated approach for schoolwide SEL implementation. They do this by:

  • Developing expertise in SEL and strategies that support the social and emotional growth of all students and staff.
  • Communicating information related to schoolwide SEL to all stakeholders throughout the school community.
  • Engaging and partnering with the school community to fully implement schoolwide SEL.
  • Encouraging a sense of shared ownership over schoolwide SEL.
  • Modeling social and emotional competencies in their work.

The work of the SEL team is ongoing. The team will meet regularly to continuously  build awareness of, commitment to, and ownership of SEL while driving schoolwide implementation.

If you have already begun establishing an SEL team, use the rubric or the questions below to identify areas for continuous improvement: 

Do members of the SEL team have designated roles and responsibilities?

Does the team meet at least monthly to reflect on data, plan for improvements, and lead schoolwide SEL initiatives?

Is the team is representative of the school community?

Does the team include students, families, and community groups in decision-making processes?

In this section, we’ll explore what’s needed to assemble an effective SEL team, define team roles and responsibilities, and build a strong team dynamic. Based on your answers to the questions above, you may want to prioritize one of these areas first. If you’re just beginning, start with assembling an SEL team.

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