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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
2016

New electronic kits available for school staff to run community workshops: Family & Community Workshop Kit Literature Workshop Kit

Gratitude materials available as a free download.

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2015

Announces major updates to the K-5 2015 Open Circle Curriculum, including changes across all lessons, a new unit structure and a greater emphasis on reflection and assessment.

Introduces Curriculum Kit as a supplement to the 2015 Open Circle Curriculum: a complete set of easy-to-use materials and tools for classroom teachers.

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2014

Open Circle has trained 14,000 educators.

A new look and feel for Open Circle is unveiled, complete with a new logo and a new website.

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2013

Open Circle is the recipient of a three-year, $600,000 grant from The NoVo Foundation to help us increase our program scalability and bring evidence-based social and emotional learning to an additional 30,000 children in Boston Public Schools.

Open Circle celebrates 25th anniversary with a creative works contest for elementary school students.

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2012 The NoVo Foundation commits $220,000 for a broad research study to examine Open Circle process outcomes and program impact in Boston Public Schools.

The NoVo Foundation awards $250,000 to Open Circle under its Social and Emotional Learning Program Provider Growth and Scaling Grants Program.

Partners HealthCare commits $1 million to the Boston Public Health Commission to fund the implementation of Open Circle in 23 Boston Public Schools.

Open Circle is selected for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)’s 2013 Guide of Effective SEL Programs.

Open Circle is added to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

In partnership with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Open Circle hosts its first webinar on children’s ability to learn when in emotional pain.

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2011 Open Circle collaborates with the Center for Courage & Renewal Northeast to design and pilot a mindfulness and reflective practice program to be integrated into Open Circle programming.  Courage Renewal logo
2008  In collaboration with over 100 internal and external stakeholders, Open Circle develops a strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth over the next ten years.  
2007

Open Circle has trained 10,000 educators.

Research shows that Open Circle improves social skills and reduces problem behaviors, with the largest gains made by students in urban areas.

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2003 Open Circle named as a Select SEL Program in CASEL’s first Guide to Evidence-Based SEL Programs.

Open Circle collaborates with Families First to develop parent workshops that complement the Open Circle Curriculum. Open

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2002  Research shows that Open Circle increases girls’ self-assertiveness and improves boys’ social skills and self-control while reducing their physical fighting.  
2001 Open Circle is listed as showing promise for improving student achievement in the Department of Education’s Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools Programs Guide.

Open Circle pioneers Sustainability Program, an innovative approach to promoting shared leadership for enhancing SEL in schools over time.

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2000 Open Circle Curriculum becomes grade-differentiated with unique lessons for Kindergarten to grade 5.

Open Circle pilots a train-the-trainer program with school districts in Framingham, Franklin, and Newton, MA.

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1998 Open Circle becomes a leader in whole-school support, training administrators, special subject teachers, and support staff.  1997 FSU logo
1997 Open Circle partners with Framingham State University to offer graduate credit to training participants.
1996 Open Circle expands training from New England to New Jersey and New York. Open Circle has trained 1,000 educators. Open Circle begins training teachers to be peer coaches for SEL in their schools.
1995 Stone Center and Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College join together to become a single organization: the Wellesley Centers for Women.  WCWlogo
1994  Open Circle begins training school mental health professionals to facilitate parent groups about how to use Open Circle approaches at home.  
1988  Over the next twenty years, significant gifts from Roche Bros. Supermarkets and Patrick and Barbara Roche support program development and low-cost training for schools.  
1987 Pamela Seigle founded Open Circle (originally the Framingham Schools Project and Reach Out to Schools) at the Stone Center at Wellesley College with support from Grace and Robert Stone, supporters committed to the emotional well-being of children.  
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