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Children's Books with Multicultural Themes

Reading books that reflect our diverse population enhances children's social & emotional development.

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Advocates Rally for SEL
On May 27 SEL Alliance for Massachusetts (SAM) held their 4th Annual, sold-out Spring Conference at the State House in Boston. Open Circle was a sponsor of the event and our Co-Director, Nova Biro, was a conference Co-Chair.

"We have an obligation to help our young kids be as free as possible in this world by teaching them SEL skills," said keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, who has filed his own SEL bill in Congress.

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Spring 2015 eNewsletter

Practical Tips for Teachers: 

Discussing Sensitive Topics


Students sometimes unexpectedly raise sensitive topics in school. When this happens, educators often feel unprepared to acknowledge and address the situation in the moment and unsure of how to facilitate conversations with students about these topics.


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Blog Post: Why Relationships Matter
Relationships are essential to fostering equity and excellence in our schools and classrooms. Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs are one of the vehicles that can be used to establish genuine, caring relationships throughout school communities. 
Tobin K-8 Oct 2013
Presentation on Bullying:
Boston University, June 8
Open Circle program manager Jen Dirga and program evaluator Michelle Porche, senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, will be presenting at the conference "Bullying in Diverse School Settings" held by the Boston University School of Education on June 8th

The presentation will include an overview of the program with a focus on its strategies to address bullying; and evaluation results will describe a recent roll out of the program across a large urban district. Don't miss it!

FREE Trial Offer Extended: 

SEL Tool for Open Circle Schools

Want in a FREE SEL assessment tool for your school?

For a limited time, we have partnered with Apperson to offer a one-year site license for Open Circle schools to use their "Evo Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)" module. The license will be available to all teachers in your school.


Evo SEL is a user-friendly tool using the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). As a comprehensive system that supports screening, assessment, intervention planning and progress monitoring, it has been designed to help schools meet emerging SEL standards.


Interested in participating? Contact us today!

Partner Offer: SEL101 Course

SEL101, a course from the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, begins this July.


The four-week SEL101 course, offered entirely online, explores the foundations of SEL as well as recent research and innovation in the field. This course allows you to earn an online, professional credential in SEL. To apply and learn more, visit

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