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 full-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 mentoring calls. Teams will receive eight copies of the Sustainability Manual and 7 PD hours.
"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 Elementary, Wayland, MA