Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
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Schools are often the most important places in a community for educators, students and parents to receive support when a crisis occurs; our schools provide a familiar environment where the needs of students, their families and faculty can be met in one place.
In the aftermath of recent cowardly acts of violence against the men, women and children of Broward County, Florida; St. Mary's County, Maryland; Rancho Tehama Reserve, California; Sutherland Springs, Texas; and New York City, the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson has selected lesson plans, webinars and go-to guides for educators and the wider community to help grieving and fearful students cope in the days to come. Please check back in with us; we will be adding resources as they become available.
We believe it is best left to the discretion of teachers and parents when it comes to speaking to students about the news. For those who choose to do so, we recommend these articles from PBS NewsHour about the tragedy in Broward County, Florida and in New York City; this broadcast report for news on the mass shooting in Texas; and this news report on the school children injured in the Northern California shooting so teachers can stay updated on the continuing coverage. Visit this collection, and see our Today's News Tomorrow's Lesson for news resources designed for students on recent tragedies.
You may also want to read this blog post, Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting.
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