Whether we realize it or not, children are strongly impacted by tragedy and crisis in the world around them. Global, local, and personal tragedy may lead to feelings of anger, fear, and sadness as well as difficulty performing in the educational environment.

In this course, you will begin by reflecting on how you personally cope with tragedy so you can better examine how students process traumatic events. You will develop strategies for helping students engage in respectful, meaningful dialogues with peers and other members of their community to create a holistic support system. You’ll also learn how to facilitate discussions among parents, fellow educators, and school administrators to create a plan for responding to personal and community tragedy in a way that supports students’ emotional needs.

Using the techniques from this course, you’ll be able to create a classroom environment that is supportive and responsive to all types of tragedy, to help students navigate the most difficult parts of life.