By Shelly Chasse-Johndro, NNETESOL Tresurer
Research shows that traumatic and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can significantly affect the academic outcomes of all students, but particularly of our English Language Learners (ELLs). Many of our ELLs have had ACEs with triggers that are unknown. Since the horrific events in Parkland, Florida our schools and universities have seen a surge of threats and false alarms resulting in lockdowns, arrests, and higher levels of fear in our learning environments. These terrible events may be extremely frightful for students. Below are a few resources that might be helpful to you and your students.
http://www.traumainformedcareproject.org/resources/bibliography%20of%20resources%20for%20schools%20to%20be%20trauma%20informed.PDF – Resources for Schools to Help Students Affected by Trauma
https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/PFA_SchoolCrisis.pdf – A government resource focusing on Listening/protecting/connecting (a way to help students after a traumatic event).
https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/10-ways-to-talk-to-students-about-sensitive-issues-in-the-news/ – A guest post from the Learning Network; Teaching and Learning with The New York Times
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201710/how-talk-kids-about-the-las-vegas-shooting – An rticle by a clinical counselor on ways to help kids build resilience after a violent event and how we as adults have power to shape their core beliefs and empower them
https://ginaunplugged.com/2012/07/23/kids-the-media-and-tragedy-5-lessons-i-learned-from-columbine/ – A parent of a Colunbine student shares lesson that she learnerd from the 1999 school shooting.
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/18/02/resiliency-after-violence – from Harvard Graduate School of Education — how to help build resiliency in children (and ourselves) after violence. Very thorough but practical outline of some ways to deal with these traumatic situations in talking with kids.
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers – Tips for parents and teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists