"The framework for the day and tools to create an action plan were invaluable. We are ready to begin and that never happens after a 1-day workshop - thanks!" - Jim Lee, Principal, Happy Hollow
This year-long program helps schools grow and sustain long-term, schoolwide Open Circle implementation. Schools establish an SEL Team that meets monthly to plan and carry out actions that strengthen SEL and school climate. During the half-day training session, teams assess their school’s SEL strengths, challenges and opportunities; identify an SEL focus area; and develop a goal and activities to reach that goal. Teams are encouraged to look at existing programs that align or can be integrated with Open Circle (such as PBIS, school climate, and school improvement plans). Consultation meetings throughout the year help guide the process of monitoring and measuring SEL goals and activities.
As a result of participating in this program, schools report improved quality and consistency of Open Circle facilitation, increased use of Open Circle vocabulary and skills throughout the school day, improved classroom and school climate, and integration of SEL into school improvement plans and family engagement initiatives.
Participation includes one 7-hour training day held at school site, and three 1-hour consultation meetings with Open Circle staff member: one in fall, one in winter, one in spring. Teams will receive eight copies of the Sustainability Manual and 4½ PD hours.
Who Should Attend
Your SEL Team should include 8 individuals representing the varied roles in your school community: one administrator, three grade-level teachers, one school counselor, two special subject teachers or support staff members, and one caregiver or other school community member
- Year-long commitment to attend all training events and consultation meetings
- Year-long commitment to hold monthly SEL Team meetings
- Designated SEL Team member to schedule consultation meetings
$3,000 per school
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