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“OPEN CIRCLE IS CENTRAL TO OUR ABILITY TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND ADDRESS THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP.” - Elementary School Principal
"I HAVE SEEN TREMENDOUS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH WITH ALL OF MY STUDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE THAT HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS AND STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS." - Teacher
"THE THING I LIKE ABOUT OPEN CIRCLE IS THAT YOU'RE THERE NOT JUST TO SOLVE PROBLEMS; YOU'RE THERE TO MAKE PROBLEMS NOT HAPPEN." - Student
"WE ACT OUT SITUATIONS THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS AND COME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF SOLUTIONS AS A CLASS FAMILY." - Teacher
"MY STUDENTS WOULD TELL YOU THAT IT'S THEIR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY." - Kindergarten Teacher

Welcome

Open Circle provides a unique, evidence-based social and emotional learning program for grades K-5. Working with administrators, educators, counselors, and staff from across the school, Open Circle aims to:

  • Proactively develop children’s skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving
  • Help schools develop a community where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.

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How We Help Schools & Communities

Open Circle’s whole-school approach:

  • Unites schools with common vocabulary
  • Improves school climate
  • Increases students’ use of prosocial and critical thinking skills
  • Reduces negative behaviors such as peer exclusion, bullying and fighting
  • Strengthens educators' facilitation and SEL (social emotional learning) skills
  • Frees up time for academics through proactive behavior management
 

Foundation

Building

Capacity Building

Sustaining

Implementation Support

Leading

  • TESTIMONIALS

    "Open circle has been wonderful and necessary in my classroom, although we were trained over three years ago it is still so relevant day to day."



    – Grade-level Teacher, Public School
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "It’s a wonderful program for giving the children a common language when negotiating social issues."


    – Grade-level School Teacher, Independent School

  • TESTIMONIALS

    "Overall, I really like Open Circle and so do the students and teachers I use it with. I think it's a very user friendly modality that is able to be completed easily when you allow time for it."


    – Mental Health Professional, Public School
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "I am participating in Classroom Teacher training this year. I have fully implemented Open Circle in my classroom for the first time and I have noticed the difference in my students SEL immediately."



    – Grade-level Teacher, Public School
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "It’s been a life changing experience personally and professionally."



    – Grade-level Teacher, Independent School

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