Today, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 10:00 am, across the country there was an #ENOUGH National School Walkout, held for 17 minutes commemorate the 17 victims in Parkland, Florida who lost their lives.
The resources will aid you in leading discussions with your students about their concerns, thoughts and emotions about the Parkland tragedy.
- Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma offers suggestions for responding to kids’ questions after a violent tragedy, specifically the Paris terror attack of 2015, but tips are transferable to other events, by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings quotes child psychologists and the National Mental Health Association on guidance for conducting difficult discussions about school violence, by NBC News
- How Teachers and Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens details strategies for trauma-informed education and mindfulness for teachers to use following traumatic events in students personal lives as well as in the public sphere, by NPR Ed
- Tips for Talking with Children About School Violence offers guidance on speaking with children following school violence in the news. Also includes links to tips for parents on discussing violence in 11 languages, by ¡Colorín Colorado!
- Helping Our Children in Difficult Times is a flyer / handout that provides tips and suggestions for families following public tragedies and upsetting events, by PBS Kids
Middle and High School Grades
- After School Shooting, Students Take the Lead focuses on an activity in which participants hear the voices of the Parkland students, and consider the variety of ways they are trying to make change, by the Morningside Center for Social Responsibility
- Contracting provides classroom norms and a process for engaging in open discussion that helps support creating a reflective community in the classroom, by Facing History
- Resiliency After Violence offers ideas for supporting and strengthening family and school communities, by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- Student Activism and Gun Control discusses how educators can respond to student activism surrounding the Gun Control Debate, by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators & Parents is an annotated collection of links for educators on helping students respond to potentially traumatic events, by Edutopia
- Walkouts, Marches and the Desire to ‘Do Something’: What You Need to Know About Stoneman Douglas Activism provides information on specific planned days of action, suggestions for classroom activities for teaching the actions of the Stoneman Douglas survivors, and suggestions for teaching about previous examples of student activism, by Teaching Tolerance
- With Grief and Hope, Florida Students Take Gun Control Fight on the Road is about the actions students took in the days immediately following the tragedy at Parkland, including their meetings with Florida politicians, by The New York Times
- A Mass Shooting Generation Cries out for Change provides an article and video that discuss the generational impact of school shootings on a generation that was born and grew up following Columbine, by The New York Times
- Resources for Talking and Teaching About the School Shooting in Florida is a curated and annotated collection of links for educators ranging from info-graphs to discussion protocols and lesson plans, by The New York Times
- Can These Stoneman Douglas High School Students Finally Break the Gun Control Deadlock? focuses on student activism and civic engagement by students who survived the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, by Mother Jones
- What Can We Learn from the Stoneman School Shooting? provides a news video, article link, summary points, and discussion questions about the events in Parkland, by PBS
- How Should Elected Officials React to Mass Shootings? provides a news video, summary points, and discussion questions about the political response to school shootings, by PBS
- Introduction to Violence explores the relationship between anger and violence, by Advocates for Youth
- Where Does Violence Come From? helps students to identify causes of violence, the link between anger and violence, and the motivation to manage anger nonviolently, by Advocates for Youth