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11 Jun: Quick Tips to Start Choosing Love Today

How can you be part of the solution to create safer schools and a more peaceful world?  Ask if your schools have a comprehensive social and emotional learning program. Social and Emotional Learning teaches students how to have healthy and positive relationships, deep and meaningful connections, skills and tools for resilience, how to identify, label, manage and express emotions in a healthy way, responsible decision making and lots more. If your schools do not have an SEL program, encourage them…

28 May: Teachers unions grapple with strikes, pivotal Supreme Court case

SCHOOL SAFETY (AGAIN) TAKES CENTER STAGE: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week offered few clues about her school safety commission’s next steps during a two-hour-plus meeting with school safety experts and survivors and family members affected by mass shootings. The Education Department on Monday released video of the meeting, which had drawn criticism because it wasn’t open to the press or public and didn’t include teachers, students or school leaders. — DeVos, who is leading the Trump administration’s school safety commission, mostly listened. She…

24 May: “Be Part of the Solution” is a Campaign to Create Safer Schools and a More Peaceful World

Join Us in Spreading the Choose Love Message and Help Get Social and Emotional Learning into the Hands of Students and Educators Be Part of the Solution is a Campaign to Create Safer Schools and a More Peaceful World Newtown, CT (May 24, 2018) – The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is teaming up with The Impact Vine to raise funds and awareness around the solution.  Be Part of the Solution is a campaign to keep our children safe by…

21 May: Scarlett Lewis provides A Solution to the Federal School Safety Commission- read her speech below. SEL = Safer Schools

Thank you for the opportunity to offer a solution to the violence we are experiencing in our schools today. My name is Scarlett Lewis and I am the mother of Jesse McCord Lewis who was a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting. I am also the proud mother of JT Lewis. I decided to become part of the solution following the brutal murder of my 6 year old son, Jesse, in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary…

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04 May: South Kingstown, RI Teacher of the Year – Karen Murphy

Karen Murphy Named Teacher of the Year in South Kingstown RI We are thrilled to announce our Choose Love Ambassador, Karen Murphy, has been selected as Teacher of the Year in South Kingstown, RI. Murphy is a Health and Physical Education teacher at South Kingstown High School in Wakefield, RI.   “I’m very surprised, overwhelmed,” Murphy said. “We have so many great teachers in our system. I just feel like we all deserve it, so I was very joyful. It’s a…

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26 Apr: “Be Part of the Solution Video”

Check out the “Be Part of the Solution” video by David Murphy Producer at Core-Visual, featuring Scarlett Lewis, whose youngest son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Rather than let her personal tragedy manifest as hatred toward her son’s killer, she instead started a movement, called Choose Love. Watch video here.  The Choose Love Enrichment Program is a free Pre-K through 12th grade social and emotional learning program that teaches educators and their students how to…

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26 Apr: Choose Love Q&A: Practical Advice from the Field

Q&A:  Practical Advice from the Field with Scarlett Lewis (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Founder) and Lieutenant General, Marty Steele (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Chairman of the Board) as featured CASEL’s April Newsletter. CASEL = Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning.  Read the Q&A here. 

09 Apr: Compassion in Action

“One way to help combat school violence is by equipping students with social and emotional learning skills and tools,” said Scarlett Lewis. Her free Choose Love Enrichment Program focuses on teaching students SEL skills such as self-awareness, self-management and responsible decision-making. Read more here. 

08 Apr: Scarlett Lewis Honored with Women of Distinction Award

Scarlett Lewis Honored with Women of Distinction Award By Jan Pierret The YWCA Darien/Norwalk selected Scarlett Lewis as a recipient for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards.  The award recognizes women who have made significant and unique contributions that have made a difference in the community. Scarlett is recognized for her work at Hindley School in Darien, CT and All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, CT as well as the global impact she makes teaching students how to Choose Love through…

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29 Mar: Mother of Sandy Hook victim shares message in New Hampshire

Scarlett Lewis’ message is fostered by three words her first-grader had written on a chalkboard in their house before the tragedy. “’Nurturing, healing, love.’ And those words aren’t something that a 6-year old would normally say,” Lewis said in an interview with WMUR on March 29, 2018 in Concord, NH. Read more here. 

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27 Mar: Uncas Students Learning to Choose Love

On Tuesday, March 27, Scarlett Lewis and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited classrooms at Uncas Elementary School in Norwich, CT to observe children and teachers engaging in the Choose Love Enrichment Program, a free social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in grades pre-k through 12 in all 50 states and 55 countries. Read more here.   

08 Mar: 2018 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week

2018 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week Thank you to everyone who took part in Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week ! !   It was truly inspiring to hear from students across the country who shared their experiences on how the Choose Love Movement has impacted their lives. Thank you to students from Uncas Elementary, All Saints Catholic School and Quinnipiac STEM School who presented their Choose Love essays during our Celebration at Quinnipiac University School of Education.   [ngg_images…

07 Mar: Why SEL is the Solution to Ending School Shootings?

Why SEL is the Solution to Ending School Shootings? Because Kids Who Feel Connected to Each Other Won’t Want to Harm Each Other.  The cause of what we’re experiencing in our schools and society is anger, disconnection and lack of resilience. The effect is violence, mental health issues and substance abuse. The solution is teaching our kids how to manage their emotions and how to have healthy relationships and deep, meaningful connections and skills and tools for resilience. CONNECTION EQUALS…

20 Feb: Scarlett Lewis on Fox News

Scarlett Lewis appears on Fox News after Parkland Shooting     My heart goes out to the parents of the Parkland victims. I know the agony and despair well, having your precious child viciously massacred in what is supposed to be a safe haven. There are no words. After every tragedy (more than 200 hundred school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School) we react, argue, accuse, and become more fearful yet this has done NOTHING to prevent these shootings.  …