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Talking with Students About Gun Violence
July 17, 2024 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EDT

Talking with Students About Gun Violence


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About This Webinar

Our students live in a country plagued by gun violence. They hear the stories – sometimes even unfolding in real time on social media – of gun violence in schools, on college campuses, in neighborhoods, in homes. And they have practiced active shooter and lockdown drills all of their lives. According to the CDC, gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teens in America. This is shameful and something we cannot ignore as educators. The fear and impact of gun violence have substantial effects on our students, their learning, and their educators. In this session, we’ll explore ways we can talk to our students about gun violence by validating their worries and experiences and offering support. Join this interactive session to build some strategies based on shared experiences in the struggles of grappling with gun violence in America.

This free, for-credit webinar is just one of many running as part of Share My Lesson's Summer of Learning series. Register now to watch them live or later on demand. 


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Teacher and Instructional Coach, Codman Academy Charter Public School

Sydney is a 9th grade Humanities teacher and instructional coach at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA. As 2017 National Teacher of the Year, she has spoken to audiences around the world about the limitless power of teachers and students to change the world. Sydney is a Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence Ambassador and a National Board Certified Teacher with a passion for helping diverse learners grow through authentic, relevant, interdisciplinary curricula. She earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.Ed. from Lesley University. Learn more at

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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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Sari Beth Rosenberg has been teaching U.S. History and AP U.S. History at a New York City public high school, the High School for Environmental Studies, for the past 20 years and she currently hosts the PBS NewsHour Classroom Educator Zoom Series. Rosenberg has been featured in various publications and multimedia platforms, including USA Today, NBC News, CNN, The TODAY Show, The Washington Post, Reuters, Chalkbeat, Parents Magazine, The Progressive, A+E/Lifetime, Travel Channel, AFT Voices, Share My Lesson, TheSkimm, Pix11, and PBS NewsHour. Rosenberg is the co-founder (along with co-founders Abbey Clements and Sarah Lerner) of Teachers Unify To End Gun Violence. Rosenberg also serves as a Senior Advisor for Voters of Tomorrow.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are 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.

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