When Bad Things Are Happening

Teacher and Student Standing Together

A brief guide to speaking to your students about a crisis as it unfolds by Teaching Tolerance.

As news of a crisis makes its way into your classroom, both you and your students may need support figuring out how to respond. This guide from Teaching Tolerance offers suggestions for navigating a discussion with students as news unfolds.

These recommendations build on the Psychological First Aid (PFA) framework, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach,” They also include suggestions from the American School Counselor Association and The Child Mind Institute.

The illustration used in resource is comes from the Teaching Tolerance website with permission from Michael Morgenstern.  



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