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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING INITIATIVE

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Group meetingIn 2011 Partners HealthCare awarded the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Public Schools  a generous gift to implement Open Circle​, an evidence-based social and emotional learning curriculum, in 22 elementary and K-8 schools. Over the three-year grant, almost 700 teachers, teaching assistants, and principals will use Open Circle, a program developed and based out of the Wellesley Center for Women at Wellesley College, to provide nearly 7,000 Boston Public Schools students and families. These crucial tools will promote positive behaviors and healthy relationships that strengthen our neighborhoods. ​

Social and emotional learning is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for positive life outcomes. The curriculum emphasizes skills such as recognizing and managing emotions, developing care and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively. When educators promote these skills, schools see reductions in risky behaviors such as bullying and help create safe, caring, and highly-engaged learning communities.


Partner Schools include: 
  • Adams Elementary
  • BTU Pilot K-8
  • Curley K-8
  • Dever/McCormack K-8
  • Ellison/Parks K0-2
  • Gardner Pilot Academy
  • Hale Elementary
  • Harvard/Kent Elementary
  • Hennigan Elementary
  • Holmes Elementary
  • Kenny Elementary
  • Mather Elementary
  • Mendell Elementary
  • O'Donnell Elementary
  • Otis Elementary
  • P. Kennedy Elementary
  • Taylor Elementary
  • Tobin K-8
  • Tynan Elementary
  • Warren/Prescott K-8
  • West Zone ELC
  • Winthrop Elementary


 
 

 
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