of the Boston Public Library, 1995-2003. Pamela Seigle is founder
and Executive Director of the Reach Out to Schools: Social Competency
Program, a social and emotional learning program based at The Stone
Center, Wellesley College, and currently implemented in over 240 elementary
schools in New England and New Jersey. The program, also known as
Open Circle, recognizes the important role that relationships play
in the academic and social success of children and works to support
caring, respectful school communities with high expectations for all
students. She is co-author of the Open Circle curriculum. Pamela is
also a facilitator of Courage to Teach, a teacher renewal program
based on the work of Parker Palmer.
Pamela is a former classroom teacher, school psychologist and staff
developer. Her interest in primary prevention led to the development
of the Understanding Disabilities Project, an experientially based
curriculum and training program for fourth-graders. She also developed
the elementary school substance abuse prevention curriculum, Decision
Making for Health and Well-Being.
As a community activist in Boston, Pamela is president of the Community
Playground Project, Inc. which coordinated the involvement of 3000
volunteers in planning and constructing the Robert Leathers playground
in a Boston city park. She also developed a jazz series to bring
arts into the community and benefit local non-profit organizations.
Through forums and other events, this series also provides opportunities
to explore themes of community and citizenship. Pamela is a founding
member of Friends of Rosie's Place, a neighborhood group that for
the past 20 years has coordinated and provided meals for a homeless
shelter for women.
For more than 20 years, Pamela has been an advocate for the Boston
Public Library, serving as President of the Friends of the West
Roxbury Library and as a member of the Examining Committee. Currently
she is a Trustee of the Boston Public Library and Chair of the Trustees'
Education committee. She is a Director of the Boston Public Library
Foundation and the Urban Libraries Council.
Pamela received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Syracuse University.
She completed the program "Leadership for the 21st Century:
Chaos, Conflict, and Courage" at the John F. Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard University. Pamela has also studied with
Mark Rittenberg of Rittenberg/Kreitzer Active Communicating in Berkeley,
CA, and has received training in prejudice reduction with the National
Coalition Building Institute.
Pamela is married and has two children. She loves to sing jazz,
run, hike, read, and spend time with her family and friends.