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Student Well-Being Collection VIDEOS: Guiding Students Through Trauma
These programs are using play therapy and an SEL approach to learning to help students adjust and adapt after trauma.
July 25, 2022
Student Well-Being Video How One Family Uses Play Therapy to Address Trauma
Adoption can be traumatic for adoptees. One family, working with a therapist, utilized play therapy to help their daughters adjust.
Lauren Santucci, July 22, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video Student Trauma Rates Are Higher Than Ever. How Play Therapy Can Help
One program is teaching students to manage their emotions and build their communication skills at a young age through play therapy.
Lauren Santucci, July 22, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion This Is What Happens to a Student’s Brain When Exposed to Gun Violence
Traumatized and hypervigilant brains cannot learn effectively, write a behavioral neuroscientist and a school psychologist.
Amanda M. Dettmer & Tammy L. Hughes, June 27, 2022
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People take part in a vigil to stand in solidarity with the Uvalde, Texas, families and demand an end to gun violence at Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Newtown, Conn.
People take part in a vigil to stand in solidarity with the Uvalde, Texas, families and demand an end to gun violence at Trinity Episcopal Church last month in Newtown, Conn.
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Student Well-Being Educators Can Help School Shooting Survivors Recover. A Sandy Hook Mom Explains How
Michele Gay said academic, mental health, and social supports are crucial for children who survive.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 2, 2022
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Gun Violence Leaves a Lasting Imprint on Survivors. How Schools Can Help Students Recover
Most trauma support for students comes in the first year after a school shooting, but research suggests the effects last much longer.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 26, 2022
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Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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School Climate & Safety How Much Trauma Can Our Schools Withstand?
Despite a cascade of tragedy, educators report to work and care for our children. How do they get through it?
Catherine Gewertz, May 26, 2022
5 min read
Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Mental Health
This Spotlight will help you assess the stressors affecting student mental health, explore mental well-being resources in schools, and more.

May 20, 2022
Children walk hand in hand out near the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Children walk hand in hand out near the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Teaching Discussing Racist Violence With Students: 4 Best Practices
Teachers are tasked with discussing racism and violence following the Buffalo shooting. Here are best practices for tough conversations.
4 min read
A person pays his respects outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.
A mourner pays his respects outside the scene of a racially-motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.
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School Climate & Safety Grief, Anger, Fear: How Teachers Can Help Students Cope With the Buffalo Shooting
After a gunman killed 10 people in a racist attack, teachers again wrestled with how to explain hate and mass violence to students.
7 min read
People look at a crater created by a Russian rocket attack in a school yard in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022.
People look at a crater created by a Russian rocket attack in a school yard in Dobropillya, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, in April.
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Teaching How U.S. Teachers Are Helping Ukrainian Students 'Half a World Apart'
Teachers at a U.S.-based virtual school share what it's like to teach students in a war-torn country.
Ariel Gans, May 10, 2022
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Teacher Prep Should Include Classroom-Culture Training
Great teachers foster environments where students want to be.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 10, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Schools Should Make Students' Wishes Come True. Here's How
We know what care for trauma looks like in health settings. What about in schools?
Catharine Biddle, Mark Tappan & Lyn Mikel Brown, April 25, 2022
4 min read