Preparing Educators for a Happy, Healthy, and Courageous School Year


Scarlett Lewis introduces Dr. Maria Ortner to the conference attendees

After losing her son, Jesse, to the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Scarlett Lewis knew she had an important job to do to honor her son. Over the years, she created the Jesse Lewis Choose Love (JLCL) Movement. Scarlett created this Movement, alongside many educators, to establish a free and comprehensive social and emotional learning (SEL) program in all schools. The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ was born. It is a no-cost, downloadablepre-K through 12th grade, evidence-based social and emotional classroom program teaching children how to choose love in any circumstance. The program focuses on four important character values – Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action – which cultivates optimism, resilience and personal responsibility. Included elements are positive psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience, character values and more.

On August 23, 2018, the JLCL Movement hosted a professional development conference for school personnel at the University of Rhode Island in partnership with The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies. The conference was entitled “Nourishing Insights, Preparing Educators for a Happy, Healthy and Courageous School Year.” 

As an avid fan of Tapping, Scarlett and the JLCL Movement reached out and asked The Tapping Solution Foundation to be a part of their day, teaching educators about how to use Tapping in schools to give students a tool to self-manage their emotions and become resilient learners.

Dr. Maria Ortner, from The Tapping Solution Foundation, demonstrated the value of using Tapping in schools. Participants learned how to use EFT Tapping, and ways to incorporate it into their school day. Dr. Ortner shared stories of success including how Tapping has positively impacted students’ self-awareness, resiliency, problem-solving skills, and social and emotional learning. Through the use of Tap-Along Videos and Tapping lessons that accompany the JLCL program, educators had take-away action steps for using Tapping once returning to their classrooms.

To-date, the Choose Love Enrichment Program has been downloaded in all 50 states and Washington DC and over 55 different countries more than 16,000 times by more than 7,600 educators, which is collectively reaching about 1,400,000 students.

Together with The Tapping Solution Foundation, students and schools around the world are learning the skills to manage and cope with their feelings, giving them the opportunity for life-long success academically, emotionally and socially. To find out more information about how to use EFT Tapping in your school, visit our collection of free resources.

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner



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