Developing a shared vision
The first of the tools, Steps for Developing and Shared Vision, helps you structure the discussion around your school’s vision for SEL. Based on CASEL’s work with SEL teams, the tool is based on three core elements:
- Gathering together the thoughts of a wide range of stakeholders, from students and their families to staff and community partners – this should be done on an individual level (“the personal why”) and in small groups (“the shared why”)
- Distilling this input into a vision statement that represents the thoughts of your whole school community
- Working on this vision statement by making it available to all, gathering feedback and refining it further
Once you have completed this exercise, you should have a clear idea of how your school views SEL, and you will have a document that can be referred to when applying SEL practices to any context within your school community.