CEO's Corner

Our Schools Should Be Places of Joy and Safety

May 25, 2022
Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel
President and CEO
Our Schools Should Be Places of Joy and Safety

Dear SEL Community,

Once again, we are mourning tragic events, this time at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Those of us who are connected to children, whether as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or family friend, can keenly imagine the grief and shock of those families, but a loss like this touches us all. 

More than ever, we must draw upon our shared bonds, our empathy, and our relationships to support one another. As you reach out to those in your network who may be struggling with this latest tragedy, I invite you to share this collection of resources. At a time like this, we need each other more than ever.

Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel

  • Teaching in the Wake of Violence, Facing History and Ourselves, a coordinated schoolwide approach to responding to upsetting and violent events. https://bit.ly/3NjJ5EM
  • Talking to Children about Hate Crimes, National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center, suggestions for adults to provide support and guidance for children, information about how children may react to hate crimes, and suggestions for discussing safety, bias, and discrimination. https://bit.ly/3Nj72fj
  • Talking to Kids about Racism and Violence, Child Mind Institute, guidance for adults on supporting children while navigating their own big emotions. https://bit.ly/3NfSVHF
  • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), key points to communicate and ways to support young people emotionally, differentiated by age group. https://bit.ly/3ljpHf7
  • Discussing Tragic Events in the News, Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, basic questions and discussion formats for teachers to use as they make space for students to discuss their reactions and take positive action. https://bit.ly/38xZl67
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