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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 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.

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OpenCircleOrg A #growthmindset isn’t just for students. It can help teachers increase their impact in the classroom. via @edutopia https://t.co/mMkOnRUrCe
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OpenCircleOrg Helping children confront challenges requires a more nuanced understanding of #growthmindset. @TheAtlantic https://t.co/huEoRzbeu5
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OpenCircleOrg Restraint and empathy are two sides of the same coin, as are impulsiveness and selfishness. https://t.co/cwYNugYRd0
OpenCircleOrg Rather than punishing kids with detention, one Baltimore elementary school is asking them to give #meditation a try. https://t.co/aKQxCc3OKH
OpenCircleOrg Via @TheAtlantic: Understanding student trauma is more important than teaching grit. https://t.co/ZYnJHwsV0w