Open Circle provides a unique, evidence-based social and emotional learning program for grades K-5 aimed at:
- 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.
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.
Open Circle News
IN THE NEWS: Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say
nprEd: Their topline message: Don't harden schools. Make them softer, by improving social and emotional health.
IN THE NEWS: Creating schools that 'fit our kids'
Aspen Institute educator panel releases report on practices that support students' social, emotional and academic development.
Open Circle is excited to be a Season Partner of Musicians of the Old Post Road
The Musicians of the Old Post Road’s (MOPR) 2017-2018 Season, Circles and Spheres of Inspiration and Influence, will take you on a musical journey that encompasses an array of musical styles and topics sparked by concepts of circles and spheres. MOPR’s in-school musical presentations foster listening skills and focus on the communication of emotions through music, which supports the work of Open Circle!
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.