The purpose of this protocol is to generate a shared “theory of action” to drive a team’s improvement efforts and ultimately achieve the aim.
This tool is designed to help the SEL team learn about past and present SEL-related work that has occurred. It includes an interview protocol and guidance for analyzing information from interviews or surveys to decide what SEL-related work should be built upon or reinstated.
Establish a highly-functioning SEL team that’s representative of the school community and includes students, families, and community groups in decision-making processes.
The SEL team serves as a model for positive practices that promote healthy relationships among adults, students, and families. It’s highly beneficial to build a strong team dynamic and positive working relationship by developing group norms and team routines.
By building an SEL team that reflects the school community and incorporates many points of view, the school will be better able to meet its needs and build commitment to SEL.
In addition to driving overall schoolwide SEL implementation, PDSA improvement cycles also provide a powerful structure for quickly testing specific innovative strategies to support SEL.
To ensure meetings are productive, it’s a good idea to define team roles and responsibilities, and strive to share work equitably.
Evidence-based SEL programs are grounded in research and principles of child and adolescent development, and scientifically evaluated and shown to produce positive student outcomes.
The SEL team has an important role in leading schoolwide SEL. The team can be strengthened over time using continuous improvement techniques.
Build foundational support by establishing an SEL team, fostering SEL awareness, and developing a shared vision.