March 2016

Spring into Open Circle: Five Tips for Teachers

Wondering what you can do to reinvigorate Open Circle in your classroom?

Try these five tips:
  1. Practice calm breathing skills before tests

  2. Revisit positive self-talk lesson with students

  3. Try the walking meditation outside

  4. Remind students to use problem-solving skills at recess

  5. Read a children's book and make connections to Open Circle
Have any other ideas to share?  We'd love to hear from you!  
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Core Program Goes Blended!

We are excited to announce that our Core Program is now a three-day blended learning programThis blended learning program includes three components: 
  • Three days of in-person training that is experiential and cumulative
  • Three hours of online training using self-paced training modules
  • Two one-hour coaching sessions with an Open Circle staff member or peer coach
Also starting this year, teachers who register for the Core Program will receive an Open Circle Curriculum AND our new Curriculum Kit!

Seven Hills, Glimpse of an Open Circle School

Want to learn how a school has embraced Open Circle for ten years? Read on!

By training all staff and using internal capacity to make social and emotional learning (SEL) a school-wide priority, the Seven Hills Charter Public School (Seven Hills), a K-8 school in Worcester, Massachusetts, has made a lasting commitment to Open Circle.

Since 2006, all K-5 teachers at Seven Hills have attended the Open Circle Core Program, a multi-day “intensive training” where teachers learn how to hold Open Circle Meetings twice a week with students in their classrooms. In order to reinforce what the students are learning in the classroom, special subject teachers and administrators attend Open Circle workshops, and school staff hold a training for parents during “college week.” To date, the school has trained over 80 classroom teachers and 130 additional staff members. 

Register for 2016-2017

Administrator Workshop

Core Program

Specialist Workshop

Sustainability Program


Award-Winning Children's Book

The 2016 Newbery Medal was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. It's the story of a young boy riding the city bus with his grandmother, and wondering why their family doesn't have a car.

Last Stop on Market Street is listed in our 2015 Open Circle Curriculum in the Grade 2 lesson, "Ways we are the Same and Different."


New Resource for Schools/Districts

The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development by Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.

Grounded in research and in the author’s work with teachers and administrators, this book offers guidance on retooling report cards to better reflect the whole child, integrating SEL and Character Development into any school- or district-wide grading system.

Open Circle Featured in AFT MA Advocate

Great article in the 2016 American Federation of Teachers (AFT) MA Advocate - 
Wrapping All the Way Around: Open Circle provides support services to all involved in education (page 8).

The 2015 Open Circle Curriculum  includes updates across all lessons, new unit structure & greater emphasis on reflection and assessment.

Open Circle's Mission

To advance children’s well-being & learning
by partnering with school communities
to foster social and emotional development
and caring learning environments.

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