Being and Caring in Tragedy

My hope is that you are spending time with family and friends this weekend gaining strength from those precious relationships. While our hearts are with our colleagues and that devastated school community in Newton, Connecticut, we will likely see members of our school families that are struggling to cope during school next week.  ETA members have always been ready and willing to help our students, families, and our colleagues knowing that these horrific events can often touch experiences from our past. Our mentors will help our new staff to understand what they may encounter.   I know that I can depend on our kindness and patience will make our classrooms the supporting learning place for our students.


The following resources have been collected by our IEA/NEA staff.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s response<> to the incident.

CEA President Sheila Cohen’s response<> to the incident.

HIN has produced a very useful Crisis Guide<> which gives guidance on how to respond before, during and after a crisis.  This may be useful answering the questions like, “How can we be better prepared to avoid or deal with a similar incident.  There are some particularly helpful areas of the guide: How Parents and Other Caring Adults Can Help ; How Teachers can Help; Being responsive during a crisis


NEA Today published the following article Lessons on Loss: How a school community heals after a student dies<>, which provides tips and ideas about how talk about and deal with student death and loss.

For Tweeting, there are several trending hashtags.  NEA recommends using #Newtown.  We have also created the following bitly links: @DVR response; @NEAHIN school crisis guide; @NEAHIN school crisis resources; CEA blog

TIPS FOR TALKING TO KIDS<> – from the National Association of School Psychologists


IEA has also summarized some of the main themes from these resources.

Steps and Tips

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