Two keynote speakers headlining Convention

Two keynote speakers will headline the two-day, in-person 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention.

To open Convention on Thursday, August 5, Scarlett Lewis of the Choose Love Movement will give her keynote address.

Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement in honor of her son, who was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society — that also caused the tragedy — and turned it into an opportunity to build a culture of love, resilience, forgiveness, and connection in our communities at a time when it is needed the most. Since the tragedy, Scarlett has spoken across the US and internationally to diverse audiences sharing her empowering story and her far-reaching programs, urging everyone to become part of the solution to the issues the world is facing.

Scarlett became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy, meaningful relationships. She created the Choose Love For Schools program, a no cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation character and social emotional development (CSED) program that teaches children and adults how to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation by using the Choose Love Formula (Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassionin-Action), and teaches children how to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and to respond with love.

Choose Love extends beyond the classroom through additional no-cost programs, including Choose Love at Home, Choose Love for Communities, Champions Choose Love for athletic leadership, and multiple extension programs. Through its sister company, Choose High Performance, the Choose Love Formula now available in the workplace to help teams thrive. The Choose Love programs have been accessed in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries, reaching more than 1.9 million children.

Convention’s second day, Friday, August 6, John Perricone will share his message with attendees.

Perricone was a Health Educator and Psychology teacher in the Maine-Endwell School District in upstate N.Y. for thirty-one years.

His love and passion for teaching have made him the recipient of local, state, and national “Excellence in Teaching” awards, and he was the recipient of Maine-Endwell’s Distinguished Teacher Award for twelve consecutive years since its inception. This award is voted on and presented by the Senior Class. He is a best-selling author and a nationally sought keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in all fifty states.