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Overview

 

What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning is "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions," as described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). See CASEL's Frequently Asked Questions about SEL.

About Open Circle

In 1987, Pamela Seigle founded Open Circle at the Stone Center at Wellesley College with support from Grace and Robert Stone, supporters committed to the emotional wellbeing of children. Originally named the “Framingham Schools Project” and later “Reach Out to Schools”, Open Circle was one of the first programs to define the field of SEL. Learn more about Open Circle’s history.

Today, Open Circle is used in over 300 schools across the United States and remains a leading provider of evidence-based curriculum and professional development for SEL in elementary schools, reaching more than two million children and 15,000 educators. Open Circle is a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. 

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Mission

To advance children’s wellbeing and learning by partnering with school communities to foster social and emotional development and caring learning environments.

Vision

We envision a world where social and emotional learning is universally embraced and integrated into all educational communities serving youth.

Core Values

We are dedicated to the following values as cornerstones of our organization and we endeavor to exemplify and act in accordance with these values at all times.

  • Social and Emotional Learning and Development
  • Learning through Relationships
  • Identity and Inclusion
  • Safe and Caring Environments
  • Youth Leadership and Development
  • Growth and Innovation
  • Integration of Research, Theory and Practice
  • Collaboration and Shared Leadership