Creating Shared Agreements
This tool provides guidance for creating staff shared agreements through a collaborative process, to articulate core mindsets and values that will guide staff members’ interactions with colleagues, students, and families.
Shared staff agreements can help facilitate a supportive work environment that promotes schoolwide SEL.
— Stephanie Hirsch, executive director of Learning Forward
These agreements set the context for a safe, supportive work environment in which all staff agree how they will interact with each other, their students, and students’ families and community. Shared agreements can also support positive work and social interactions.
Shared agreements center around these questions:
It’s recommended that your staff’s shared agreements be developed collaboratively with input from the entire staff. Some schools in CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) have accomplished this during a one- to three-hour activity outlined in the tool Creating Shared Agreements.
Revisit shared agreements regularly during meetings and staff gatherings to ensure their ongoing impact. A similar process can also guide students in creating shared classroom agreements.