Today’s Action Step:
Listen to Their Stories!
Are you unsure about what you can do? Listen. Actively educate yourself on the experiences of your fellow Americans and listen to their stories.
1. INTENTIONALLY SEARCH FOR ARTICLES, PODCASTS, DOCUMENTARIES, ETC THAT SHARE THE EXPERIENCES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CITIZENS.
2. PRACTICE ACTIVE LISTENING WHEN ENGAGING WITH THESE MEDIUMS, SEE LINK BELOW THAT DESCRIBES ACTIVE LISTENING.
3. TAKE TIME AFTER LISTENING OR READING THESE STORIES TO REFLECT ON WHAT YOU’VE READ, MUCH OF IT WILL BE VERY HEAVY SO GIVE YOURSELF THE SPACE TO ABSORB THE INFORMATION.
4. UTILIZE JOURNALING AS A WAY TO ORGANIZE OR EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS.
5. SHARE THESE RESOURCES WITH OTHERS AND START HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE AROUND YOU.
Parent Practice Tip:
This can be an opportunity to broaden your child’s understanding of racism in America through stories and conversations. Click on the links below for useful resources to do so.
To Learn More:
There is a lot of turmoil and anger in the world right now. It’s hard to understand what others may be feeling and what may be fueling their actions when you haven’t had the same experiences as them. And though you will never have the same life experiences as those of different races, different ethnicities or different identities from yours there are steps that you can take to broaden your understanding.
The first step in this process is to listen. Through social media, articles, books, magazines, podcasts, documentaries, movies, etcetera, people are sharing their stories and their experiences so the world can hear their voices. But we challenge you to not only listen to these stories but also set aside your own preconceived notions and open yourself to new ideas and perspectives.
Courage is the willingness or ability to work through obstacles despite feeling embarrassment, fear, reluctance or uncertainty. Many of you may be feeling uncertain or reluctant to listen to other perspectives but find the courage to do so and to challenge your own views.
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These are uncertain times.
The disruption to our lives brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented.
Schools and small businesses throughout the United States have closed and everyone, including workers, parents, students, and educators are facing significant daily stressors as they adjust to life in quarantine.
Although many educators have heroically succeeded in transposing curriculum and leveraging technology to continue to deliver high-quality academic instruction, the emotional impact of fear and uncertainty about health, security and the future we are all experiencing threatens the ability of educators to teach and students to learn. Web-based platforms enable many people to continue to work, but an overall lack of social and emotional intelligence support in the face of adversity like COVID-19 challenges everyone’s moods, relationships and productivity.
We want to help!
As passionate advocates for social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, we’ve seen the research that proves that teaching these essential life skills to students in school reduces violence, bullying, and disruptive behavior and improves academic performance and graduation rates.
We know that SEL is the only way to create safer schools by doing so from the inside out, and that the positive impact these lessons have on students and educators spreads into all areas of their lives, creating more connected families and communities.
And, we know that now – more than ever – the skills and tools that are taught through SEL are going to help you, your students and your families not only survive the emotional turbulence that COVID-19 has caused, but also thrive: as teachers and learners, today and into the future.
So we’ve joined forces to bring you the best of SEL in the form of daily, evidence-based actions that are fun for the whole family to do – free of charge via text message, email or social media.
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Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create safer and more loving communities through groundbreaking next-generation social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that are free of cost and suited for all stages of life. We have partnered with the Santoro Foundation and the School Mental Health Collaborative at the University of South Florida to bring you the ChooSELove To Thrive series.
Over the next 3 months, the easy and actionable daily tips we deliver will be based on the simple, yet powerful formula upon which our Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement programs are created: the Choose Love Formula — Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion = Choosing Love. We will offer additional information about each tip, along with supporting lessons and/or videos, on this website.
How Will These Daily Action Steps Help?
Here are just a few of the scientifically-proven benefits of practicing the Choose Love Formula:
- Less anxiety and stress
- Less fearful (in the present and future)
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Improved ability to express oneself and one’s feelings
- Increased self-awareness
- Willingness to try difficult tasks
- Positive attitude towards self and others
- Improved attitude about school and learning
- Showing appreciation and kindness towards self and others
- Increased mindfulness
- Ability to see other perspectives and show empathy
- Healthier relationships and deeper connections
- Better emotional self-regulation
- Less aggression and anger
- Better able to handle personal/social issues that arise
- Improved resilience
- Improved decision-making skills
- Heightened self-management
- Enhanced connections and relationships
- Able to respond in a loving manner
- More caring and concern shown to others
- Improved social skills
- Social and Moral Awareness
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.
People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially.
From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement has created a next-generation SEL program that includes all of the traditionally-recognized components of social and emotional learning PLUS cutting edge developments in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology that we believe is essential for addressing the full scope of emotional and behavioral needs.
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