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Marie Jutkiewicz and Nancy Purpura shared success stories at Open Circle's 25th Anniversary Celebration
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"As a new teacher, I recognized that what had been missing from my training was something beyond classroom management, and understanding the importance of relationships and learning relationships among students and teachers," said Pamela Seigle, Open Circle founder and now executive director of Courage & Renewal Northeast.


Marie Jutkiewicz and Nancy Purpura have been teachers for over 20 years and Open Circle trainers in Framingham for more than 10 years. "I believe SEL programs are essential for all schools, teachers, students, and parents," said Jutkiewicz. "I have done Open Circle for so long and believe in it so strongly that it is a little like breathing, and I forget about what I am doing that is Open Circle and what is really mine." 


Open Circle's Summer 2013 Children's Literature List

Although students will be on an extended break from school and away from the routine of Open Circle meetings, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to reach into their Open Circle tool-boxes to apply their communication, self-control and problem-solving skills.
Have you seen the winning art, poetry and videos by Open Circle students? If not, check out the submissions on our website to see how elementary school students expressed what Open Circle means to them.

May 14, 2103 -- Open Circle's 25th Anniversary Celebration and announcment of winners of Open Circle's Creative Works Contest at WCW's Cheever House
April 13, 2013 -- Open Circle's Peg Sawyer presented Literature Connections to SEL at Boston Public School's Parent University Spring Session

April 8, 2013 -- Jen Dirga, Open Circle Lead Trainer and Coach, presented at MASCA: "The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning in Responding to Traumatic Events"

April 4, 2013 -- Nancy MacKay, Open Circle Co-Director, presented a WCW Lunchtime Seminar with Pamela Seigle and Michelle Porche on Teaching Presence: Bringing Mindfulness and Reflective Practices into K-5 Classrooms

March 21, 2013 -- Open Circle on TV: WCVB Channel 5 at 7:30 p.m. Better Living with Liz Walker featured Open Circle at the Hennigan Elementary School in Boston (copyright THE WALKER GROUP LLC) 
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