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Professional Development


Open Circle specializes in designing and delivering engaging and interactive professional development that combines theory, research and the practical experience of educators. By spacing training days for teachers across the school year, our professional development aligns with best practices in adult learning, enabling multiple cycles of experiential learning, practice, and reflection.

In a recent survey, 98% of participants agreed that Open Circle training not only improves their knowledge and implementation of social and emotional learning, but also enhances their overall teaching practice.

Open Circle provides specialized professional development programs tailored to the unique needs of different staff roles in a school community. Teachers discover and practice facilitation skills, learn to teach social and emotional skills using the Open Circle Curriculum, and explore ways to integrate Open Circle lessons throughout the school day. Counselors learn to leverage the Open Circle Curriculum in targeted work with groups or individual students, to employ SEL assessment tools, and to lead a five-session workshop that helps families reinforce Open Circle concepts and integrate them into effective parenting techniques. Administrators develop strategies for encouraging consistent and effective Open Circle implementation, learn to employ assessment tools for monitoring SEL progress and tracking SEL outcomes, and learn techniques for incorporating Open Circle approaches into their own interaction with students, staff and parents. Specialist subject teachers and paraprofessionals learn key Open Circle approaches and vocabulary and create practical applications of Open Circle tools for their work. Families are engaged through Open Circle workshops and letters introducing the Open Circle Curriculum and key vocabulary (available in eight languages).

Schools sustain and improve Open Circle capacity over time by developing Open Circle peer coaches and leadership teams, providing mentorship, outcome measurement and action planning. In addition, larger districts can develop Open Circle district trainers, further enhancing sustainability.

Wait/Think Time
Lesson Pacing
Tone of Voice
Body Language
Empathic Listening
Turn and Talk
Whole Group Responses
Non-Judgmental Response
Managing Self
Dialog Facilitation
Coaching the Problem Solving Process
Group Theory & Development
Infusing SEL Throughout the School Day


Ready to get started? Request a quote or begin to register staff in our regional training sessions.