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Open Circle at Boston Public Schools Tobin K-8

Pictured above at the Tobin K-8 School: Catherine Fine of the Boston Public Health Commission, Principal Efrain Toledano, third-grade teacher Brian Fizer and his class

At Partners HealthCare, we know that healthy living extends beyond the doctor’s office to include the neighborhoods where our patients live and work. That’s why we’re proud to aid Boston Public Schools in their efforts to give teachers the resources they need to help students grow to become engaged, responsible members of their communities.

In neighborhoods across Boston, we’re supporting social and emotional learning through an investment that brings the Open Circle curriculum to 42 public schools in Boston, in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission. Developed by the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, Open Circle provides evidence-based curriculum and professional development for teachers of kindergarten through fifth grade students.

At the Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury, Principal Efrain Toledano is seeing clear results. Since the school began using the Open Circle curriculum three years ago, students have learned how to resolve differences and handle conflicts with their classmates.

“It’s developing social skills in the children that lead them to be effective community members,” says Principal Toledano. And when the school day ends, he says, “They still have the personal skills to handle those situations outside of the school setting.”

We offer other opportunities to Boston’s students once they’ve progressed beyond elementary school, as well. High school students benefit from opportunities such as Massachusetts General Hospital’s Youth Scholars Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s (BWH) Project TEACH and the Student Success Jobs Program, which give them a glimpse of what it’s like to work in the health care field.

And after graduation, Boston-area students may be eligible for one of 450 college scholarships that we’re offering over a 10-year period, along with internship opportunities at BWH and MGH.

In an era where organizations are challenged to do more with less, we are taking the long-view and making targeted investments in sustainable community programs that can support families and create a better tomorrow for our children. From kindergarten to college, we’re dedicated to expanding the opportunities of the communities we serve.