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.
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.
December 2016 eNewsletter
Featuring: Assembly Tips for Teachers; Children's Books of Good Will toward All; Open Circle and the “Second Period”; The Power and Purpose of Post-Election Relationships; Gratitude Curriculum Component; and more!
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.