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Death can be a demanding business, as one Nebraska school counselor has discovered over the past eight years.

To help meet an increasing demand for his crisis-counseling skills, John Dudley, the supervisor of counseling services for the Lincoln, Neb., public schools, has written a book to help school communities cope with tragedy.

When Grief Visits School: Organizing a Successful Response is based on Mr. Dudley's experience helping 1,500 school districts establish crisis teams to manage the aftermath of a student's or staff member's death.

He explains how to select a crisis-response team, develop an effective crisis plan, organize counseling for students and staff, and assist families in making appropriate funeral arrangements.

The 176-page paperback costs $14.95, plus $2 for shipping. To order, write Educational Media Corporation, Box 21311, Minneapolis, Minn. 55421-0311; or call (800) 966-3382.

To help school employees prevent another unwelcome visitor in their communities, a Pennsylvania publisher has launched a monthly newsletter addressing violence.

By focusing on successful violence-prevention programs, School Violence Alert educates administrators and teachers about strategies to deter violence in their schools.

The newsletter includes information about issues such as conflict-mediation curricula, security measures, legislative actions in this area, and new laws on student discipline.

A one-year subscription costs $128 plus $10 for shipping. Review copies are available. To order, call (800) 341-7874, ext. 259.

A new magazine focusing exclusively on inner-city schools is intended to encourage educators in small and large urban schools, according to its editor.

Described as a "vehicle for re-energizing those who work in urban school reform," Cityschools showcases emerging research about urban-school transformation.

The quarterly publication is an outlet, said B.J. Walker, the editor in chief, for "researchers and urban teachers to talk about their innovative and sometimes unorthodox approaches to urban school reform, which too often are overlooked by more mainstream research publications."

Cityschools is published by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, a nonprofit agency financed through the U.S. Education Department's office of educational research and improvement.

Subscriptions are available at no cost to educators, parents, and community agencies by writing: Cityschools Subscriptions, 1900 Spring Rd., Suite 300, Oak Brook, Ill. 60521-1480.

--Megan Drennan

Vol. 14, Issue 29

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