Big Idea #1 - How to Talk to Students about Traumatic Events

Talking to students about tragic events, such as the one in Florida last week, is a challenge for teachers and parents. One principal in Helena shared an article with parents about how to talk to their children about the traumatic events. The article contains helpful links to other resources on talking to children of all ages about traumatic events.

Big Idea #2 - Does your school have an emergency plan?

The Teacher Learning Hub has a free online course on how to develop a school emergency operations plan. The course covers various kinds of emergencies from weather-related to man-made. The course is set up to be taken as a group, and has helpful ideas on who to include in the development of the emergency plan, as well as things to consider when developing the plan.

Big Idea #3 - An overview of restorative justice

Restorative justice is more than just restoring justice in a school setting. It is also about building relationships with students and between students and teachers. One school in California has noticed a culture change in the school as a result of restorative justice. Read the article to learn how restorative justice works and the positive results it can bring to a school.

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