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This 1-year program prepares and certifies trainers to deliver Open Circle professional development for grade-level teachers, specialists and support staff. Through a combination of in-person and online training and mentoring, trainers develop the skills, content knowledge and experience to effectively train new and existing school staff. Certified trainers provide schools and districts with a cost-effective approach for implementing and sustaining Open Circle over time.

What’s Included

Training & Mentoring

  • 3 days of training in the summer (with continental breakfast and lunch)
  • Three 1½-hour online trainings (spaced across one year)
  • Four 1 to 2-hour online mentoring sessions (spaced across one year)
  • Access to trainer resource website
  • Upon certification, annual participation in one 1½-hour online trainer meeting and two 1-hour online mentoring sessions
  • 28 professional development hours


  • Trainer Kit ((including trainer manual and all training presentations, videos and materials)Trainer Kit
  • Set of Open Circle Curriculum (one for each grade level K-5)
  • Curriculum Kit
  • Specialist & Support Staff Manual

Who Should Attend

Trainer candidates who:

  • are committed to social and emotional learning for children and adults;
  • have demonstrated experience delivering professional development to diverse groups of educators;

  • have excellent verbal, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • are organized and effective with time management; 
  • are self-aware, reflective and able to offer and receive constructive feedback; and
  • are available to lead training sessions during the summer and school year.


  • Completion of the Classroom Teacher Program (formerly Core Program)
  • 1 or more years implementing the Open Circle Curriculum

Certification Requirements

  • Attend all training and mentoring sessions
  • Deliver training for at least one Classroom Teacher Program session in the current school year
  • Videotape three delivered training components and share with mentor for feedback
  • Provide mentor with copies of all training participant evaluations

Certification contingent on Open Circle’s review and assessment of videotaped training components and training participant evaluations. An overall rating of “proficient” or “exemplary” is needed for certification. If trainer does not meet the performance criteria, additional support and training will be required (additional fees may apply).

School/District Commitment

  • Commit to at least four years of Open Circle implementation with purchase of materials for all trainees
  • Support delivery of at least one training per year
  • Designate a coordinator to manage training logistics
  • Recertify trainers every four years


$16,000 per team of two trainers (recommended) or $10,000 per single trainer

Ongoing Fees

  • $300 per Classroom Teacher Program participant (includes e-learning modules and Curriculum Kit)
  • $50 per Specialist & Support Staff Workshop participant (includes Specialist & Support Staff Manual)
  • $2,500 per trainer for recertification every four years

Apply to Become an Open Circle Trainer