School of Education

Resources and Guidance

Resources and Guidance in Helping Children and Adults Cope with a Crisis: 

Unfortunately, the recent tragedies in our schools and communities have left all of us reeling. For those who work with children and adults who may be struggling with the news about these traumatic events, the Faculty in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education have compiled a list of resources and support to help you address these events. In addition, should your school, school district, or community need additional supports, please contact us at

Resources and Web Links

  • Many of these resources were first identified by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Center for School Mental Health.

The National Education Association and the National Education Association Health Information Network developed an extensive step-by-step guide for preparing, responding to, and recovering from crises in schools. The crisis guide provides practical suggestions and tips for educators, schools, and districts. In addition, the guide provides information on the mental health needs of students, school staff, and the greater school community.
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The American Psychological Association offers tips for parents to help children manage distress after school shootings.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has a wealth of resources to assist caregivers and educators with how to best talk to and support students following traumatic events such as school shootings.

NCTSN developed the Child Trauma Toolkit to assist school administrators, teachers, staff, and caregivers when supporting traumatized children in schools.

NCTSN developed a two page list of practical suggestions for educators to help traumatized children at school.

NCTSN developed a brief fact sheet on the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on high school students. School.pdf

The National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) provides several resources for school crisis teams with tips on how to best support children and families after a traumatic event.

The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention has assembled numerous resources to Safe Schools / Healthy Students grantees to assist them with dealing with traumatic events at school. This helpful link includes information to schools that have experienced a traumatic event including, talking to children about violence, responding and recovering from a traumatic event in school, and preventing violence.

Save the Children: How to Help Children Cope with a Crisis

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) assembled detailed information and fact sheets for parents and community members who may have experienced a traumatic event.
What Parents Can Do
What Community Members Can Do
The website also includes links to additional resources and publications.

The United States Department of Education developed a brochure with practical information from more than three dozen experts who work with children in schools that offers advice on how to help students recover from traumatic events. The brochure provides tips for students, parents, school staff, and others.

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder highlights the common reactions and problems that adults may experience after experiencing a traumatic event. This may be relevant for educators, administrators, and other school based staff.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a brochure on coping with a traumatic event. The brochure provides information on responses to traumatic events, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and coping strategies for adults and children.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) developed a guide for parents and educators that provides tips for talking to preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents after traumatic events.

In addition, the SAMHSA provides links to resources for dealing with trauma and coping in times of stress.

The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools developed a resource for assessing student violence.

Many times, The American Red Cross plays a critical role in dealing with crisis situations.  They have complied a list of helpful steps to help people cope in the face of tragedy.  The link to the Red Cross resource is:

Poems and books to share with children about sadness and loss:

Lifetimes: The beautiful way to explain death to children by Bryan Mellonie
Nana’s Big Surprise / Nana, ¡Qué Sorpresa! by Amada Irma Perez
Abuelo, ¿Dónde estás? by Elisa MantoniGeorge,
The Goldfish / Jorge el Pez Dorado by Lone Morton
Grandpa's Slide Show by Deborah Gould
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
Rudi’s Pond *about terminal illness and death of a child by Eve Bunting
The Kissing Hand / Un beso en la mano *about separation by Audrey Penn
When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief by Heegaard, Marge
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families) by Laurie Krasny Brown
A Terrible Thing Happened - A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma by Margaret M. Holmes
Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying by Joyce C. Mills
Always My Brother by Jean Reagan
Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen
When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing ** For teens by Marilyn E. Gootman
Nikki & Deja by Karen English
Willimena Rules by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Rich by Nikki Grimes
Yellow Bird and Me by Joyce Hansen
Heaven by Angela Johnson
Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd