Processing the Riots at the Capitol Building

January 7, 2021

Good Morning,

Below are the two resources shared with staff in the email last night for processing yesterday’s riots in the Capitol. We have also added a few more that we found last night and this morning. We will continue to add to it if staff have resources they would like to share. 

As Newton North Principal Henry Turner says in his post below, “Ignoring this event is normalizing the event.”

Please reach out if there is anything we can do to support you. As always, please take time to do something for yourself that provides you space and comfort. 

Eric and Patrick

When Bad Things Are Happening from Teaching Tolerance – 

This article discusses four important steps you can take tomorrow:

  1. Listen – Let students express their feelings, share their experiences and vent. Consider letting them journal, draw or consider their reaction privately, as well. Give students time and space to react if they need it.
  2. Protect– No matter what’s happened, there will likely be differing reports. Look for trustworthy sources and remain skeptical. Deal in facts and big ideas; avoid speculation. 
  3. Model – Help students translate feelings of hopelessness into opportunities to respond with productive action.
  4. Take Care of Yourself – Educators bear a heavy burden in trying to protect and support their students. Check in with your own feelings (and check in on colleagues). 

Here is a second great resource from the National Association of School Psychologists titled Talking to Children About Violence.

From Newton North Principal Henry Turner – 5 Social Justice Focused Ideas to Keep in Mind When Responding to the Violence and Crisis in Washington D.C 

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