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February 14, 2013

Open Circle in the News

Creating the Space for Relationships on Ashoka's Start Empathy blog
Books Recognized for Social-Emotional Lessons on Education Week's Rules for Engagement blog

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On November 30, 2012, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced a
$1 million commitment from Partners HealthCare to the Boston Public Health Commission for a collaborative effort among the two organizations and the Boston Public Schools to implement Open Circle for 7,000 students in 23 Boston public elementary and K-8 schools. It was a wonderful way to kick off Open Circle's 25th Anniversary!
At an event to announce the initiative at Harvard/Kent Elementary in Charlestown, MA, fourth grade teacher Maura McDonough led her class an Open Circle Meeting. Participants included Gary Gottlieb, M.D., President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, Carol R. Johnson, Ed.D., Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, and Sal LaMattina, Boston City Councilor. 

Open Circle's Best of 2012 Children's Literature

One of the many signs of the season is the appearance of the "best of" lists. Here is Open Circle's contribution to that seasonal ritual. Of the many exceptional children's books published in 2012, a large number have strong connections to social and emotional learning.

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Accepting entries until February 28

Winners in all categories will be announced by April 25  


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Boston City Council Explores Social and Emotional Learning
On December 4, 2012, the Boston City Council held a hearing regarding ways to ensure full staffing and appropriate social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health services at all Boston Public Schools. Open Circle Co-Director Nova Biro testified at the hearing sharing evidence of the impact of social and emotional learning on students' well-being, academic success and life and workforce skills. She also shared information about Open Circle's evidence-based programming and our growing work in Boston Public Schools.
The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women, is holding a conference on Saturday, March 23, 2013 entitled Raising Connected and Competent Boys: New Models of Strength and Resilience in Dedham, MA. The conference is for parents, teachers, clinicians and anyone who cares about the well-being of boys in a culture where "manning up" often means closing down. They will explore the crucial relationships in boys' lives with a focus on developing tools for encouraging and supporting boys' physical, social and psychological development.
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