Open Circle provides a unique, evidence-based social and emotional learning program for grades K-5 aimed at: 1) proactively developing children’s skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving, and 2) helping schools develop a community where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.
Classroom teachers implement the grade-differentiated Open Circle Curriculum during 15-minute classroom meetings twice per week. Students form a circle of chairs, including an empty seat to symbolize that there is always room for another person, voice or opinion.
Open Circle’s whole-school approach includes training all adults in the school community – teachers, administrators, counselors, support staff and families – to model and reinforce prosocial skills throughout the school day and at home.
Free Webinar -- Integrating SEL Using Data: A District's Key to Success
Join Open Circle, Sudbury Public Schools, and Aperture for a free webcast that will examine Sudbury's journey of integrating Social Emotional Learning district-wide -- Feb 6, 2018, 1:30 -2:30 p.m. (EST).
Open Circle Fall 2017 Newsline
Four tip for bringing mindfulness into the classroom and welcome our new director Kamilah Drummond-Forrester!
Addressing DACA Impact on School Climate
The Trump administration has announced the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Blog post: The Power and Purpose of Post-Election Relationships
Developing and nurturing positive and meaningful relationships in schools within the adult community is the foundation for creating a learning environment.
North Street School continues Open Circle lessons
Twice a month at the North Street School, students and teachers are presented Open Circle lessons on a variety of social and emotional learning skills.