Choose Love CARES: Workshops & Coaching
Choose Love CARES
Elevating Your School-wide Character Social Emotional Development Skills and Transforming Your School Culture
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.
Choose Love Kickoff Keynote
Powerful Background & Curriculum Overview
Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, will discuss the global nonprofit organization she created to build a culture of love, resilience, forgiveness, and connection in our schools and communities at a time when it is needed the most as part of the solution to the many issues we’re seeing in schools today that translate into society. Through Scarlett’s story, with a focus on what she’s learned and experienced, participants will discover the importance of essential life skills taught through the Movement’s no cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation Character Social Emotional Development programs (CSED) that are suited for all ages and stages of life, that teach educators and their students how to Choose Love in any circumstance. People become connected, resilient, and empowered when they Choose Love.
This session will offer participants ways to integrate social-emotional practices into their lives and in the classroom through understanding and practicing the transformative Choose Love Formula. They 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.
- Participants will understand the Choose Love Formula, why it was created, what it includes, and how to apply it in the classroom.
- Participants will be able to apply and implement simple practices in their daily lives to combat fatigue and anxiety, restore their vitality, and help them feel more emotionally and mentally empowered.
- Participants will understand how they can take back their personal power and thoughtfully respond to challenges by choosing love.
Foundations of Choosing Love
Essential Self Care For Educators & Leaders
- 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.
- Complementary strategies in fun and creative ways that can be used in the classroom.
- Learn to integrate Choose Love CSED practices into personal and professional life.
Implementation & Best Practices
Choose Love Curriculum Lesson Engagement
- A step-by-step experiential journey through the curriculum and the Choose Love Formula Pillars.
- Overview of lesson breakdown, best implementation practices and a 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.
Master Class Series
Ongoing Coaching for
Each workshop (4 total) is designed to be facilitated quarterly throughout the school year.
- Build support and momentum for Choose Love programming.
- Enhance educators’ well-being through self-regulation techniques and strategies.
- Cultivate connections amongst school staff through intentional community building.
- Engage educators with strategies they use in their classrooms.
4 workshops*, 90 minutes each
4 workshops*, 90-120 minutes each
*Recommended quarterly. Can be combined depending on availability.
Trauma Informed Experiential Wellness
Creating The Safe Space To Heal
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.
- 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
- Create clarity around the behaviors expected in their classroom & 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.
- Recognize & effectively plan for & respond to the 4 main types of students’ mistaken behaviors.
The Mind / Body Workshop
Shifting the SELF into Regulation
- Learn the neuroscience of mindfulness and self regulation in relation to learning.
- Explore evidence-based, mind/body practices that are easy to implement and save you time each day. This means more attention and less behavioral disruptions.
- Understand the importance of your own well-being as a model for setting the nervous system up for success.
- Enjoy how these tools prepare both you and your students to cultivate a classroom climate of safety, compassion and connection.
Packages & Custom Workshops Available!
Need Funding? We Can Help!
Grants are available. Our grant writer, Marlene, is here to help you find a grant and apply.
Looking for grant funds to schedule CARES professional development or implement Choose Love programming at your school? Your school may have Federal funding available, and we can assist you with grant applications. We recommend first contacting your school administrator for information about ARP/ESSER funding plans.
Educators may also check these websites for individual grants:
Schools & Communities Choosing Love
What People Are Saying About Our Workshops
“My greatest takeaway from this workshop was learning about things I can incorporate into my live lessons next year, and even things I can do to help my daughter with her anxiety. I plan to use positive self-talk, music, getting to know students on a more personal level, and share with students different breathing techniques. This is not information that only teachers can use for their students. It's information that anyone can use.”
Shannon’s journey is an example of when one’s passion and purpose come together. At her core is the desire to help others. Shannon’s expertise in brain-based trauma therapy is what first introduced her to the Choose Love Movement, as she has provided therapy to the Newtown/Sandy Hook CT community for the last 10 years. She has been an instructor of this specialized therapy (MNRI), teaching and providing therapy worldwide. With a strong desire to work to bring the Choose Love Movement to her son’s school in NH, she became a Choose Love Ambassador, but things didn’t stop there.
Shannon was appointed by and has worked directly out of the office of Governor Chris Sununu since August of 2018 Since this time, she has led the nation through the efforts and example being set by the state of NH, utilizing this Character Social Emotional Development lifespan program. She is a pivotal member of the School Safety Preparedness Taskforce, working directly with Homeland Security. Further, under her direction, New Hampshire has become the first in the nation to launch Choose Love for Caregivers (designed for foster parents and workers in the field), as well as Choose Love for Corrections. She provides workshops for every division within the Department of Safety and various other state departments.
Shannon is a published author for STRIVE magazine, sharing what NH has made happen with the Choose Love Movement. Shannon also leads the Choose Love Youth and College level Ambassadors. In addition, she serves as the Choose Love liaison for governmental departments nationwide.
Her heart shines when bringing the Choose Love Movement forward, and she is fueled to bring this to all!
Aleshia Fleming has dedicated herself to educating students in Texas for 24 years. She is currently a school counselor at Hillsboro Intermediate School in Hillsboro, Texas.
Aleshia became a Choose Love Ambassador for the state of Texas in 2020 and has spread the message of Choosing Love with many educators and families. She has had the opportunity to lead the movement in her own district since 2018. Aleshia has presented throughout the state of Texas to educators and administrators sharing the impact Choose Love can make in schools, communities, and homes. She is also a facilitator for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and hopes to help spread Jesse’s message of Nurturing, Healing, Love.
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.
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.
Shae Owens has a BS in Elementary Education and a MS in School Counseling. She has been an educator for almost 30 years serving Texas schools as an elementary school teacher and counselor. She is currently the school counselor at Hillsboro Elementary School in Hillsboro, Texas. Hillsboro ISD has been implementing Choose Love for Schools since 2018, and since that time Shae has experienced the many positive ways that Choose Love has transformed campus culture for both students and staff.
Shae was recruited by Jesse as a Choose Love Ambassador for the state of Texas in 2020, and has had the opportunity to connect with educators throughout the state by presenting at conferences and workshops at the district, region, and state levels to introduce them to the Choose Love Movement. She is passionate about sharing the Choose Love message and believes Choose Love should be part of ALL campuses and communities. Shae is excited to be part of the team of Choose Love workshop facilitators and looks forward to helping Choose Love GROW throughout not only Texas, but across the nation, by assisting other educators with implementing Choose Love for Schools at the campus and district levels.
Rick Rood has been on the front lines of Education for nearly 30 years, working directly with children and front-line staff. With degrees in Education, Afterschool Care, and Applied Mathematics, Rick is a student of the thought leader movement, distilling lessons from master teachers like Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins, and Brendon Burchard – giving them practical application to education professionals. Participants have described his workshops as “fascinating” and “life-changing.”
Rick is a classroom teacher, and in the past he has run afterschool programs, taught music, computer programming, and youth leadership workshops. 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 and his team created the Beyond School Time Conference for Out-of-School-Time Professionals in 2018 as a way for California’s OST Professionals to connect, learn, and gather inspiration.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Patrick taught in three different Massachusetts school systems before returning to his home state to work for the Choose Love Movement. He graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy. While teaching at his first school, he completed his M.B.A. at Assumption College.
Patrick fell in love with teaching and wanted to leave an impact on as many students as possible before utilizing his business degree. He taught math, science, religion, and health at the Nativity School in Worcester, Massachusetts. On top of coaching basketball and soccer, he helped the fundraising team to cover the school budget and outreach needs. After his fellowship, he transitioned to KIPP Academy in Mattapan where he also worked at the program’s extended school day and summer classes.
Patrick’s final teaching stint was in Dedham, Massachusetts at the Rashi School. While teaching math and science, he helped create and develop the schools first makerspace, and coordinated the end-of-year capstone projects. He continued to coach basketball and soccer and ran the schools first a capella and chess clubs. He was able to draw on his experience from planning the eighth grade D.C. field trip at his first school during his three visits to Israel with the graduating class.
Inspired by the message and the incredible work already being done at Choose Love, Patrick knew this was the perfect opportunity. Regardless of what the future holds, emotional growth and well-being will always be essential skills we need to develop. This work will allow all of us to lead more happy, successful lives that are full of love.
Read The Latest From Our Facilitators
More love is needed in our lives and in this world. It’s a word we don’t use often enough for ourselves and our children. It is a word that can truly transform a thought, a feeling and an action. I’ve been teaching the evidence-based practices of breath, movement and mindfulness to schools across the country. I created the Mindfulness Extension Program for the Choose Love Movement because I deeply believe in the mission of helping school communities learn to how to nurture, heal and love.
If educators can begin to see things in different ways, then the field becomes more aware, diverse, and gain insight (W. Edward Deming’s “profound knowledge”) to create more possibilities for today’s children and youth.
As an educator myself, I love engaging with my fellow teachers to help them learn about the Choose Love Movement. I had the incredible opportunity to be a curriculum co-writer for the Choose Love for Schools and Brave New World Pre K-5 curriculums. Naturally, I love to share the curriculum, best practices and ideas for schools and districts to optimize their Choose Love journey.