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2019-2020 Training Sessions NOW OPEN!
Registration is now open for Open Circle's 2019-2020 training season. Keep your staff current, build continuity, and expand effectiveness of your social and emotional learning (SEL) implementation plan.
• Are you a new Administrator? Learn more about Open Circle's guiding principles and effective whole school implementation
• Train your new staff with Classroom Teacher Program
• Build consistent SEL language throughout your school with Specialist & Support Staff Workshop
• Maximize integration of Open Circle concepts and vocabulary throughout the school community with an Open Circle Coach
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.
Open Circle News
InsideSEL article: leading experts in the country on the topic of equity in social-emotional learning
Nick Woolf recaps highlight from the Social-Emotional Learning: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Massachusetts event held May 1, 2019. This event was hosted by the Rennie Center [in partnership with Transforming Education and the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (SEL4MA)]....
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Open Circle's Director, Kamilah Drummond-Forrester presented a workshop on culturally responsive teaching at the Essex County Learning Community's (ECLC) 2019 Summer Institute. Culture plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of...
EDWEEK: Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But...
Understanding what social and emotional learning means isn’t enough. Open Circle provieds engaging and interactive professional development that combines theory, research and practical experience. Read EdWeek's article: Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But Say Students in Distress...
Did you know Open Circle curates SEL literature?
Peg Sawyer, Open Circle Trainer and Coach, reviews children's literature that relates to social and emotional learning. See our list of recommened children's literature
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
"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
"It’s a wonderful program for giving the children a common language when negotiating social issues."
– Grade-level School Teacher, Independent School
"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
"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
"It’s been a life changing experience personally and professionally."
– Grade-level Teacher, Independent School