In a time of social distancing is there still room for social and emotional learning?

Apr 8, 2020 | General

Now is the time to Choose Love and TAKE A BRAVE BREATH

Dr. Heidi Pottinger, our Arizona Choose Love Ambassador, and Scarlett Lewis, share how the power of Choosing Love can help everyone deal with the stress and anxiety of dealing with COVID-19. “Love is one of the most powerful ways we can collectively heed the call to solve our biggest challenges.”

As more and more schools are closing and moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can all learn, model, and teach our children and ourselves how to choose and practice love at home. We can do this best through social and emotional intelligence and learning. Social and emotional learning (SEL) was defined over two decades ago by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as, “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

When you have the awareness, skills and tools that SEL teaches, love becomes a choice. 

And right now, in the face of an ongoing global crisis, people are choosing love over fear. In doing so, they are taking their own personal power back as well. People are choosing creativity, connection, learning, and growth. They are practicing compassion, gratitude, kindness, and generosity. Humanity is rising to the occasion through ingenuity, collaboration, innovation, and authenticity. We are witnessing bravery, civic-engagement, inclusion, and sense of community.

We are all in this together


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