Define Team Roles and Responsibilities

Defining clear roles and responsibilities helps ensure that everyone on the team feels a sense of ownership and knows how best to support the work. It’ll also help create productive team meetings and share the work equitably.

Heading the team is the SEL team lead, who plays a critical role by:

  • Fostering a supportive, motivating team dynamic
  • Keeping the team on track with meetings, goals and action items
  • Building the team’s capacity to carry out the work
  • Modeling, advocating for, and communicating about SEL to school stakeholders

“Team lead” is not synonymous with “decision maker.” Instead, the team can be most productive using a democratic decision-making process with feedback from multiple stakeholders.

In addition to the team lead, you may want to consider designating a school-family partnership lead to serve as a liaison to families and ensure their voices are represented in team decisions.

While these leads will remain constant throughout the school year, you may want to rotate other roles and meeting responsibilities, such as facilitator, notetaker, timekeeper, etc.

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Defining Team Member Roles and Responsibilities

This tool outlines and describes sample team roles. Use this list as a jumping-off point for identifying roles that suit your team’s particular strengths and needs.

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Key Responsibilities of an SEL Team Lead

The SEL Team Lead will model social and emotional competence while motivating, guiding, and keeping the school’s SEL team organized and on task.

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Key Responsibilities of an SEL Team Member

Members of the school’s SEL team will model social and emotional competence throughout the school community and work to advance the vision and mission of the SEL team.

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Key Responsibilities of a School-Family Partnership Lead

The School-Family Partnership Lead will coordinate efforts to create authentic school-family partnerships to promote schoolwide social and emotional learning.

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