Addressing Tragedy and Trauma, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Resources for educators

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Now, more than ever, we need to be intentional about fostering learning environments where everyone feels connected to each other and their school community. Our profession is uniquely positioned to serve in this important role. We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support you today and into the future. Here are some free resources. We will update this list periodically with additional resources.


“Equity, Healing, and Hope: The Role of Trauma-Informed Teaching in Uncertain Times,” Webinar by Arlène Elizabeth Casimir (@ArleneCasimir), held November 2021 for the ACTFL Assembly of Delegates:

“3 Trauma-Informed Practices Backed by Science,” by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (via Edutopia):

“How Teachers Can Help Students Navigate Trauma,” TEDTalk by Lisa Godwin:
“A Crash Course on Trauma-Informed Teaching,” by Angela Watson through the “Truth for Teachers” podcast

Trauma-Informed Teaching

Below you will find great compilations of resources about trauma-Informed teaching, learning, and processing with students and for adults:

Resources From Other Organizations

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Online Resource School Shooting Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (available in Spanish as well).

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Article Grief Informed & Trauma Informed Practices

Texas Education Agency

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Article Talking with Children about Tragedies and Other News Events

American Academy of Pediatrics

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Article Helping Students After a School Shooting

American School Counselor Association

Other Helpful Resources From Around the Web

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