AFSA Helps Launch New Student Grief Resource for Educators

On Tuesday, January 13, the Coalition to Support Grieving Students released the first-ever bereavement resource for educators. In a groundbreaking initiative to reach the millions of grieving students nationwide, the innovative multimedia resource, grievingstudents.org, is designed to empower educators and school professionals in their efforts to support grieving students.

Grief has been proven to have a negative impact on a child’s academic performance, social withdrawal, and behavioral issues.

Sadly, educators have reported that they feel unprepared and ill equipped with proper resources when students are suffering from grief. There is a vast need for school communities to offer better support to their students during the grieving process.

Educators may now have a sense of relief and feel more confident when confronted with grieving students, thanks to the collaboration and contribution of the founding members of the Coalition.

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students, organized by the New York Life Foundation and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, is a partnership of 10 of the leading national education groups, who believe that grieving students need the support and care of the school community.

These groups include:

American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

National Association of School Nurses (NASN)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Education Association Heath Information Network (NEA HIN)

School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)

The New York Life Foundation has played a significant role in the formation of this partnership, generously donating $20 million in an effort to support the coalition.

The main resource, grievingstudents.org, provides effective methods for addressing grief at schools through an easy-to-use, multimedia platform. The site is designed to equip and inform educators with all the most practical information needed to better meet the needs of grieving students.

Scholastic Inc., a supporter of teachers and children, has been a partner in the development of the website. Also, Dr. Schonfeld has contributed his bereavement expertise into the creation of the material.

In addition to the online resources available, the Coalition will provide a variety of hands-on training and speaking opportunities nationally.

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students has made it their goal to empower school communities across the nation by developing a set of grief resources tailored to school professionals.

 

To access the Coalition’s resources, visit grievingstudents.org

To read AFSA President Diann Woodard’s thoughts on the Coalition please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diann-woodard/comforting-the-afflicted_b_6459226.html