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BENEFITING: Wellesley College

EVENT DATE: Sep 21, 2013

Adam Finelli

THE STORY:

BENEFITING: Wellesley College

EVENT DATE: Sep 21, 2013

DAYS TO GO: 71

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THE STORY:

Over the past several years, I have learned about Open Circle, a social and emotional learning program that is based at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Since 1987, The Open Circle Program has provided a research-based curriculum and approach to teaching vital social and emotional skills to children in grades K-5.

In order to raise money to support the work of Open Circle, I will run the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine on September 21, 2013.  My goal is to raise $500 which will go towards helping schools build their library of Open Circle books; i.e. high quality children’s literature that connects to social and emotional skills and concepts.

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Problem
“Emotion drives attention and attention drives learning.” (Robert Sylvester, 2000)
When children are “emotionally high-jacked” it is hard for them to learn. Children learn best when they feel connected to safe, caring, and highly-engaging school communities. Educators who participate in the Open Circle Core program receive training, coaching and a curriculum binder that prepares them to implement the Open Circle program in their schools for grades K-5.

The lessons in the Open Circle curriculum include suggestions for children’s literature that help teachers reinforce the social and emotional skills the students are learning. Many educators have described how sharing literature with children positively impacts social and emotional skill development. For many schools, however, purchasing the children’s books listed in the curriculum is a financial challenge.

Solution
When schools have access to the literature that is suggested to reinforce the skills in the Open Circle Curriculum, teachers have more opportunities to make social and emotional learning accessible for their students. Reading aloud to children is one way to address many different learning styles and differences.

With funds to purchase books, school communities can create an Open Circle literature collection for educators to use as they implement Open Circle Curriculum. Open Circle also offers training to other members of the school community, such as guidance counselors, literacy specialists, and psychologists. An Open Circle literature collection would enhance the work that everyone trained in Open Circle does to support social and emotional development.

For more information on the Open Circle Program, please go to www.Open-Circle.org.

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

In honor of Peg Sawyer's great contributions to Open Circle. Thanks for organizing this, Adam! 4 years ago

Joe Finelli

Joe Finelli

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $10

4 years ago