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After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves
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June 8, 2022 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves


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About This Webinar

Mass shootings from Buffalo to Laguna Woods to Uvalde have crushed what should be a joyous end of the school year and fun start to summer vacations, summer school and summer camps.

In particular, the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ulvade, Texas, that left 19 children and 2 teachers dead, has made some kids and educators scared to return to school or be in organized group settings. Many are exhibiting symptoms of stress and trauma.

Join AFT President, Randi Weingarten; Founder and Senior Science Advisor of Turnaround for Children, Pamela Cantor, M.D.; and co-founders of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence, including Parkland survivor and AFT member, Sarah Lerner and Sandy Hook survivor and AFT member, Abbey Clements; for an important conversation on how to support ourselves, identify and understand stress in kids, and support them through traumatic experiences with strategies for parents, guardians, teachers and support staff.


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RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the 1.7 million-member AFT, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

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Pamela Cantor, M.D. is a physician, author, and thought leader on human potential, the science of learning and development, and educational equity. Dr. Cantor practiced child and adolescent psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She foundedTurnaround for Children in 2002 after co-authoring a study that assessed the impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York City school children. In schools located in neighborhoods grappling with ongoing adversity and poverty, Dr. Cantor saw student potential everywhere. But she also saw students acting out and having trouble focusing, teachers struggling to meet the variable and often intense needs of their students, and principals scrambling to build environments that were safe and supportive. She recognized that the research on adversity, the developing brain, learning and health that she had studied in medical school had not been translated and shared with the systems and people that educate children. Science tells an optimistic story about what young people are capable of when the environments and relationships in their lives are designed intentionally to reveal their talents and skills. More

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Abbey Clements  is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. She is a survivor teacher of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012 and an elementary educator for over 30 years. Clements has been a gun violence prevention activist, wearing many hats in the movement over the last decade. She is a strategic consultant on gun violence issues for the AFT. Clements has been featured in various publications and documentaries, including Newtown, If I Don’t Make It, I Love You, Bullets Into Bells, Marie Claire, AFT Voices, USA Today, among others.

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Sarah Lerner has been teaching since 2002 in Broward County, Florida. She has been a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School since 2014. Lerner advises the nationally award-winning Aerie yearbook, and also teaches senior English & Intro to Journalism. She was the 2014 Sun-Sentinel High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, 2019 CSPA Gold Key recipient and 2020 Special Recognition Adviser from CSPA (Columbia Scholastic Press Association), as well as the 2019 Woman of Distinction from national sorority Alpha Xi Delta. Lerner was the editor of and a contributing writer for "Parkland Speaks," published by Random House and released in Jan. 2019. She has been married since 2004 and has two children, ages 15 and almost 12.

You can follow her on Twitter at @mrs_lerner, @aerieyearbook, @parklandspeaks; read her blog, Life Long Lerner; and explore her book, "Parkland Speaks."

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.


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