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Choose Love & UDL: Bringing Social Emotional Learning into New Hampshire Prisons

A group of adults from the Choose Love project smiling at the camera

Project Name
Choose Love & UDL: Bringing Social Emotional Learning into New Hampshire Prisons

Project Description

CAST is partnering with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections to  help implement the Choose Love™ social emotional learning (SEL) and character development curriculum in courses and classrooms throughout the corrections environment.

New Hampshire adopted Choose Love, founded by Sandy Hook mom Scarlett Lewis, for implementation in K-12 schools statewide. In adopting the curriculum for the corrections system, New Hampshire and the Choose Love team reached out to CAST for support in making the curriculum more flexible and barrier-free for participants with diverse backgrounds, skills, and educational experience.

Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, the CAST team redesigned the Choose Love activities, discussions, and assessments to account for variability of the learning environments and of learners themselves.

Two groups of adult learners posing by making heart shapes with their hands

Choose Love & UDL In Action

What happens when we redesign a curriculum to meet the needs of incarcerated adult learners?

Read the story


June 2021 – June 2022


New Hampshire Department of Corrections Family Connections Center
Department of Health and Human Services Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families


New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

Project Leadership

Amanda Bastoni, Project Lead at CAST
Nicholas Duffy, Director of Community Corrections New Hampshire
Shannon Desilets, Program Director of the Choose Love Movement for the state of New Hampshire


For more information about this project, please contact Amanda Bastoni.

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