Choose Love CARES: Workshops & Coaching

Julia Richter

Implementation Coach

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DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO YOU?

  • You would like to take more time to work on YOU to create a healthier mental well-being.
  • You would like to address the increasing number of students battling social, emotional, and behavioral issues, but don’t feel confident or equipped on where to start.
  • You would like to cultivate strong, authentic connections with staff & students, to enhance trust, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • You want to help your students and staff feel supported, safe, happy and loved to foster positive, loving learning environments and maximize academic learning.

If you checked ANY of these boxes…we have JUST the solution for YOU!

You Aren't Alone

We are here to help you and your team cultivate positive, healthy mindsets, enhance your personal well-being, embrace Choose Love programming with ease, unite greater as a staff, and better support the needs of your students.

Our workshops will allow you to grow greater awareness around the benefits of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), feel more confident and equipped to integrate essential SEL practices within your personal life as well as the classroom, and create a safe and loving environment. 

We'll Be With You Every Step of the Way

We are here to support YOUR Choose Love Journey in whatever capacity you need. Select one of our current workshop offerings or let us know what you are looking for.

We are more than happy to discuss the unique needs of your team or district to create a custom workshop or series that best suits your current needs.

EXPERIENTIAL CSED WORKSHOPS

Unique Professional Development & Coaching

Love is at the core of our social emotional programming, for we are ALL connected in the want and need to love and be loved.

WORKSHOPS

Choose Love Kickoff

About The Choose Love Movement

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

The kickoff serves to provide background of the Choose Love Movement and overview of our curriculum. Participants will be nourished and empowered to take a proactive hands-on approach to transform their classrooms and communities into positive learning environments to effectively support the needs of their students.  

Outcomes:

  • Provides a powerful background story of the Choose Love Movement.
  • Participants will learn about the researched benefits of the four character values of the Choose Love Formula and understand how and why they are vital to implement in our daily lives.

Implementation & Best Practices

Choose Love Experiential Journey

Experiential SEL workshop social emotional learning professional development

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Participants will work together to experience the Choose Love curriculum. Educators will walk away with a complete understanding of the power of the Choose Love curriculum and will be able to implement the lessons immediately. 

Outcomes:

  • A step-by-step experiential journey through the curriculum and the Choose Love Formula Pillars.
  • Overview of lesson breakdown, best implementation practices and demonstration of a Choose Love lesson.
  • Learn how the Choose Love Formula grows developmentally with each grade level.
  • Review of scope and sequence charts to assist in customizing a plan to implement Choose Love programming utilizing SMART goals.

Foundations in Choosing Love

SELF CARE For Educators & Leaders

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Through an “experiential” exploration of the foundational components of the Choose Love Formula™, including Post Traumatic Growth, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Positive Intelligence, and Neuroscience, workshop participants will fortify their own social and emotional well-being.

Outcomes:

  • Generates fun and connection through shared learning and community building.
  • Enhances personal mental well-being and professional sustainability through mindfulness/mental fitness and self care practices, while learning complementary therapeutic modalities and fun, creative ways to bring these lessons into their classrooms.
  • Learn foundations to integrate Choose Love SEL practices into personal and professional life to cultivate a positive, healthy, mental and emotional state of being in order to live and lead with love.

Trauma Informed Experiential Wellness

Creating The Safe Space To Heal

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

The increased trauma associated with pandemic teaching has created a silent epidemic in
education: educators with nothing left to give. This workshop creates a safe space for teachers to
reconnect to the heart, as it helps to heal from the inside out.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn how to identify symptoms of stress and trauma, while learning tools and skills to manage emotions and make positive choices.
  • Cultivate connections with others while exploring opportunities for post traumatic growth.

The Behavior Guidance Connection

Transforming Teachers, Transforming Education

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

This workshop will challenge your basic assumptions around the behavior of children and youth and the teacher’s role in shaping that behavior to accomplish learning goals in any area of the whole-child model (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive).

By combining new and innovative frameworks of thinking with the Choose Love ingredients – Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action – we can form a focus that not only moves the needle positively on the behavior of children and youth, but also helps youth-facing professionals create a community where positive behaviors become the norm and creates a flow that supports the goals of the group (classroom, after-school center) AND the goals of the children and youth participants.

Outcomes:

  • Create clarity around the behaviors they expect in their classroom/group – and the “why’s” of those behaviors.
  • Relate the four CHOOSE LOVE ingredients to their Behavior Guidance efforts.
  • Understand their ROLE in the shaping of the behavior of children and youth.
  • Be able to recognize and effectively pre-plan for and respond to the four main types of students’ mistaken behaviors.
  • Learn best practices and new ideas from fellow educators in the workshop.

Master Class Series

Following the Choose Love Formula

Duration: 90 minutes (x4)

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Nurture and support the wellbeing of your school staff through an “experiential” exploration of principles, practices and implementation ideas for each of the Choose Love Formula character pillars: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action.

Each workshop (4 total) is designed to be facilitated quarterly throughout the school year.

Outcomes:

  • Build support and momentum for Choose Love programming. 
  • Enhance educators’ wellbeing through self regulation techniques and strategies.
  • Cultivate connections amongst school staff through intentional community building.

Choose Love Strategy Workshops

Strategic Planning Workshop

This empowering session is intended to take place early on within the Choose Love programming to create ultimate buy-in through a survey process so the entire school system gains ownership and motivation to implement and practice Choose Love programming. 

Outcomes:

  • A co-creation of an ideal vision for your school/district.
  • Clarity on the roles and responsibilities of educators that support the school/district mission, vision, and guiding principles.
  • A roadmap for future integration, collaboration, and communication of CL programming.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Whole System Strategic Workshop

Building upon the Strategic Planning Workshop, Choose Love School Strategists will facilitate the implementation of the previously-created plan to support a culture of the Choose Love Formula and practices throughout the entire school system.

Outcomes:

  • Concrete plans for next steps that collect data to monitor  progress in building a CL culture of nurturing, healing, love.
 
 
 

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Aftercare Strategic Planning Workshop

This session brings us full circle and supports all stakeholders in having ownership to sustain the Choose Love Programming over time. End-of-school-year reflection session will evaluate what’s working, plan to move forward, and create action steps/goals for the following school year.

Outcomes:

  • A customized plan for continuing with the Choose Love Practices.
  • A vibrant school system where students can thrive in a safe environment for learning.
  • A stronger capacity for students and staff to navigate emotional situations and changes over time.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

Strategic Leadership Team Workshop

In this session, Choose Love Strategists will train the administrative team in facilitating strengths-based meetings and other ways to build positive relationships with their stakeholders, and provide support for admin to enlist all stakeholder voices so that they can reflect, adjust and adapt moving forward.

Outcomes:

  • Sustainable practices.
  • A climate of psychological safety for students and staff.
  • A culture infused with social emotional wellness and CL philosophy.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Location: Zoom

Participants: Up to 500

CUSTOM WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS

Meet Our Certified Trainers

Julia Richter
Choose Love Implementation Coach &
Wisconsin Ambassador

Julia Richter

Julia Richter has a BA in Elementary Education and Minor in Dance. She received her Masters Degree; “Integrating the Arts in Education” from Lesley University and taught arts based programming in inner city schools to help cultivate strong, authentic relationships and build levels of trust, integrity, respect, and confidence. She became a certified Growth Coach through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching and received her certification in Mindfulness & Social Emotional Learning and Positive Intelligence.

Julia took her experiences of teaching, coaching and social emotional learning to create the “C.A.R.E.S.” Coaching Program for Schools. In “Cultivating Authentic Relationships in Education System,” Julia coaches creative strategies and social emotional well-being practices to unite and empower educators and school leaders in becoming the best versions of themselves, and to cultivate strong, healthy connections that will help build morale and positive, successful school cultures. Julia is ecstatic to join forces with the amazing Choose Love Movement to help our schools flourish to become the absolute best, safest, loving, nurturing, learning environments they can possibly be.

Lisa MacKenzie

Choose Love Curriculum Writer &
California Ambassador

Lisa MacKenzie is one of the curriculum writers for the Choose Love for School Program. While piloting the original Choose Love Enrichment Program several years ago, Lisa developed a Social Emotional Learning/Trauma Sensitive program to serve students with extreme social-emotional and behavioral needs, which earned the Distinguished Schools Award for her school.

Lisa has spent her entire career, of over 30 years, helping struggling students become successful in school and life. She is a special education teacher, author, speaker, and nationally recognized educator. Lisa has her Master’s Degree in Special Education. She holds her Mild/Moderate and Multiple Subject credentials, a supplementary autism credential and single-subject science credential. In addition, she is a certified behavior specialist & mindfulness instructor.

Kim Harrison

Choose Love Curriculum Writer &
California Ambassador

Kim Harrison is one of the curriculum writers for the Choose Love for Schools Program. Kim was a twenty year resident of Newtown, CT before moving to San Diego in 2015. Kim has a BA in Communication Studies, a MA in Elementary Education, and a MS in School Counseling, and has taught at the Elementary and Middle School levels.

Kim had regional and statewide responsibilities for exploring new educational approaches to advance curriculum and was the recipient of several awards and grants including “Outstanding Prospective Teacher” from a pool of over 200 applicants.

Kim is also a volunteer and Board Member of Words Alive, a local literacy based organization helping students to become lifelong learners through literature.

Jennifer Ozgur

Choose Love Ambassador

Jennifer Ozgur is a Professional Development Instructor, Appreciative Inquiry Consultant, Certified Trauma-Informed & Brain-based Coach, Parenting Programming Creator, and Author with over two decades of classroom experience.

From crafting a collective vision, celebrating core values and strengths, to co-creating a dynamic inclusive plan everyone can embrace, your team will be infused with a culture of curiosity and psychological safety so that everyone will be energized around a shared purpose to achieve sustainable results.

Whatever goals you’re wanting to achieve for your educational organization, Jennifer will provide clarity, support, and evidence-based strategies every step of the way.

Heidi Marlinghaus

Choose Love Ambassador

Heidi Marlinghaus taught multiple grade levels and was in the classroom for twelve years. She became a teacher because she wanted to help children grow up to have tools they needed to be more successful both emotionally and intellectually in life.

In addition to Mindfulness and her extensive knowledge of EQ ( Emotional Intelligence), Heidi sought training in many SEL programs and studied how to implement SEL into school communities successfully. Heidi is currently a National SEL Consultant who has been working with large education organizations to support SEL in the school system today.

At the school level, Heidi worked with SEL Task Force which brought SEL to the school community and enhanced the culture and climate.

Shannon Desilets​

Choose Love NH Program Director & Director of Advocacy

Shannon Desilets is the Governor-appointed Program Director of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement for the state of New Hampshire. Her role involves outreach and presentations across the state, increasing awareness and integration of the Choose Love Movement to schools, communities, parents, police departments, EMS, universities, youth groups, pediatric offices, hospitals, DHHS/DCYF, Dept. of Safety, Dept. of Corrections and various agencies and organizations across the state. The goal of her job is to improve the well-being and safety of NH’s students, families, citizens and communities, while uniting individuals and professions across the state. She is also an instructor integrating Choose Love into NH’s Foster Parent Training, working with the Child Welfare Education Partnership within Granite State College.

Shannon is a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and is a specialist in Post-Traumatic Growth. Further, her international work as an MNRI ® Core Specialist has served families world-wide with trauma, anxiety and special needs.

She is also an international instructor, teaching the MNRI ®PTSD course as well as the Maximizing Brain Potential/school-based course. Lastly, Shannon has provided and continues to provide post-trauma recovery treatment in Newtown, CT since the Sandy Hook School shooting. Her role in N.H. serves to help proactively prevent such tragedy. Shannon is part of the School Safety Preparedness Task Force and leads the SEL implementation recommendation. Shannon has served on the National Governor’s Association core team for NH to increase safety and social and emotional wellbeing for the citizens of NH. Shannon is also a member of NH’s Children’s System of Care, NH’s Early Childhood Integration Team, as well as the Smart Start Coalition for the city of Nashua, NH. In addition to the roles above, Shannon also is a licensed Physical Therapist and a certified Holistic Health Coach.

Rick Rood

Choose Love Ambassador

Rick Rood has been on the front lines of Out-of-School-Time and elementary education for 30 years, working directly with children and front-line staff. With degrees in Education, Afterschool Care, and Applied Mathematics, Rick is a practitioner in the thought leader movement, distilling lessons from master teachers like Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins, and Brendon Burchard – giving them practical application to education professionals.

In addition to running Out-of-School-Time Centers, Rick has also taught kids’ music, computer programming, youth leadership workshops, and is currently a classroom teacher. Rick is a contributor to “Youth Today!” and is the author of “Games Teachers Play Before the Bell Rings”. Rick is a Certified High Performance CoachTM and works privately and in groups with education professionals to help them achieve higher levels of performance in their work and personal lives.

Rick is the driving force behind Transforming Teachers, Transforming Education, an organization rooted in the Positive Youth Development philosophy dedicated to training and inspiring youth-serving professionals. Through Transforming Teachers, Rick has delivered workshops and keynotes to thousands of education professionals, helping teachers transform their “inner game” of teaching to better serve youth, children, and families.

Rick currently serves youth as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Albuquerque, NM, where he lives with his wife and kids. He serves as a proud ambassador for Choose Love Movement and has a lot of fun implementing Choose Love for School in his classroom daily.

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