Tips and Resources for Teachers and Parents
To help you cope with the effects of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, both as educators and as parents, we have compiled a list of tips and resources focused on helping children through these difficult times.
We also encourage you to read this thoughtful article by Robert Evans, Ed. D., Helping Children Cope with Tragic Loss, and to share your own tips with other teachers and parents at our Discussion Board.Tips for Teachers
Tips for Parents
Tips for Teachers
The recent tragic events are not easy to discuss with students, no matter what grade they may be in. We offer the following suggestions:
Information on this list has been compiled from the Web sites of The National Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and www.tolerance.org.
Tips for Parents
It is not easy talking to children about tragic events. We offer the following suggestions to help you help your children cope with the trauma inflicted by the recent tragedy:
This list of tips has been compiled using information from the Web sites of the following organizations: The American Counseling Association, The National Association of School Psychologists, and The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA).
Dear Parents and Educators,
The following is a list of resources that offer advice and guidance to help you manage trauma from the September 11th terrorist attacks on our city and our country, both at home and in the classroom. Three newly added resources are listed first, with the rest following in alphabetical order.(p) = resource for parents
(t) = resource for teachers
Tragic Times, Healing Words (p)
Offered by Sesame Workshop
It's never easy to know what to say to children after a crisis. In collaboration with child psychologists, Sesame Workshop has developed some suggestions on talking to your children about the recent tragedy. These suggestions are not intended for children who suffered a family loss due to the September 11th tragedy. The document is in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read and print it. Click here to get the Adobe Acrobat reader.
Reactions and Guidelines for Children Following Trauma/disaster (p) (t)
The American Psychological Association offers lists of possible reactions to trauma in elementary, middle, and high school students, and guidelines for teachers and parents on how to help. Other areas on the site provide resources for finding appropriate professional help.
Helping Children Cope with Loss (p) (t)
The National Mental Health Association, the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health, has several resources available to help you help your children cope with the disaster. This list contains some common ways children might respond to a death, and tips for helping children and adolescents grieve.
The American Counseling Association (p)
Crisis Fact Sheet: Helping Children Cope with Trauma
http://www.counseling.org/consumers_media/facts_childtrauma.htm Founded in 1952, the American Counseling Association is the world's largest private, non-profit organization for professional counselors. This page from the American Counseling Association Web site contains a list of strategies for helping children deal with trauma.
America Responds: PBS Classroom Resources (t)
Lesson plans that educators can use to address issues raised by global events that affect America.
The ChildTrauma Academy (p) (t)
Here you will find a series of articles to help caregivers, teachers, and parents better understand some of the effects of exposure to trauma on children. The Academy has worked with hundreds of children and their families shattered by traumatic experiences over the last 15 years.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) (p) (t)
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) addresses the needs of victims through support and education for individuals and communities. This site, informed by the tragic events at Columbine High School, offers advice for teachers, parents, and students coping with trauma.
Coping With Crisis (p) (t)
In the aftermath of this national tragedy, people are struggling to make sense of it all. Many experts believe that putting thoughts into words can be helpful in the healing process. This Web site invites students from around the world to send in their writing and reflections on these terrible events. While this resources page is available to everyone, other areas of the site require registration.
Education Week (t)
Schools and Crisis: Selected Resources
Education Week has compiled a list of Web sites, articles, and other resources to help educators coping with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
How to Recover Technologically (t)
NPower NY, an organization that puts technology know-how in the hands of Non-Profits, has created this flyer to assist those affected technologically by the World Trade Center disaster. Please take a moment to review the flyer to find out how you can restore and protect your school computers. Also, feel free to make copies of the flyer and pass it along to whomever you feel it may assist. The flyer is in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read and print it. Click here to get the Adobe Acrobat reader.
Kids Cope by Sharing Hope (t)
Participants of the Global Schoolhouse, http://www.globalschoolnet.org/, and youth from around the world, including Ireland and Uzbekistan, are using this space to express their support, hope, and condolences through writing and art. You can take advantage of the Kids Cope by Sharing Hope site to encourage students to express their feelings. This site requires registration.
National Association of School Psychologists (p) (t)
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Tips for Parents and Teachers
The National Association of School Psychologists promotes healthy environments for all youth. This handout offers tips for teachers and parents dealing with children's reactions to trauma.
The National Education Association (t)
Founded in 1857, the NEA is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. This site contains resources on everything from how a child conceives of death to how to manage post-traumatic stress disorder. The site also features a comprehensive Crisis Communications Toolkit for educators, which offers day-by-day advice on how to deal with the aftermath of a crisis: http://www.nea.org/crisis/.
Oxygen.com: Talking to Kids about Tragedy (p)
Dr. Ron Taffel, a child and family psychologist and author, answers parents' questions about their children's reactions to the recent tragedies.
PBS KIDS: Resources for Parents (p)
PBS KIDS has organized a list of useful resources with suggested activities for parents and children.
Red Cross: Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma (p) (t)
Part of the Red Cross' Disaster Counseling Materials, these strategies address children's needs after exposure to traumatic events. The site also offers a characterization of the reactions of different age groups.
Sesame Street Parents: Tragic Times, Healing Words (p)
This site contains advice developed by Sesame Street Research with the assistance of child psychologists Dr. Joanne Joseph, Dr. Lawrence Balter, Dr. Charles Flatter, family therapist Meri Wallace and writer Josh Daniel. Find suggestions on how to help children manage the trauma from the recent tragedy, as well as advice on what to do when your child says "I'm scared."
Thirteen Help Center (p) (t)
Visit the Thirteen Help Center for a comprehensive list of hotlines and important information on missing persons, donations, counseling, transportation, and more.
These lesson plans have been selected for their relevance to issues raised by the September 11 terrorist attacks in our country.How Media Shapes Perception (Grades 10-12)
This language arts lesson will help your 10th to 12th grade students understand the impact that media messages can have in shaping reactions to tragic events conveyed in the news.
Dealing with Tragedy in the Classroom (Grades 1-5)
This lesson will help your 1st to 5th grade students cope with loss and learn how to talk to each other about their feelings. Your students will write letters to children of lost victims and learn about ways they can volunteer.
Changing Perspectives on the Japanese Internment Experience (Grades 9-12)
Use this lesson plan to make students aware of the Internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II and the danger of singling out ethnic or religious groups as the "enemy."
Paul Robeson: 20th-Century Renaissance Man, Hero In Any Century (Grades 7-12)
In this lesson, students explore the theme of heroism and interview local heroes in their community. Use this lesson to focus students on the positive examples of human behavior we have seen since September 11.
I Have a Metaphor (Grades 5-9)
In this lesson, students use Dr. Martin Luther King's message of unity regardless of race and religion. Use this lesson as a timely reminder that hatred toward anyone on the basis of race or religion is unacceptable.
Who Am I? Exploring Identity (Grades 9-12)
Child experts note that in times of turmoil, children may feel that their lives are out of control and question the security of the world around them. Use this lesson to remind them of who they are and why they are important.