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Welcome

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

  • News About the Future of Open Circle

    Since its founding in 1987, Open Circle’s unique, whole-school approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) has transformed hundreds of schools across the United States into communities where students feel safe, cared for, and engaged in learning. After 34 successful years of building the SEL...

  • THE74: An Educator’s View

    "The Empathy & Compassion Biden Talks About Are SEL Skills Every Child Should Have. How Teachers Can Help Students Learn Them" Teachers should take Biden’s speech about "compassion, empathy and concern” as a call to action, to implement in our classrooms the values he’s talking about on the...

  • How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

    March 6, 2020By Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, Director of Open Circle As the mother of four children ranging in age from 5 to 17, I think I’ve heard it all when it comes to the coronavirus COVID-19 every rumor and misunderstanding that gets shared at school and on social media about where it came...

  • 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
 

Foundation

Building

Capacity Building

Sustaining

Implementation Support

Leading

  • TESTIMONIALS

    "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
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "It’s a wonderful program for giving the children a common language when negotiating social issues."


    – Grade-level School Teacher, Independent School

  • TESTIMONIALS

    "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
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "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
  • TESTIMONIALS

    "It’s been a life changing experience personally and professionally."



    – Grade-level Teacher, Independent School

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