Student safety

In the wake of the 2016 election, we as educators find ourselves in a time of uncertainty.

Some students have questions. Some are afraid amid an uptick in racially-charged incidents at Minnesota schools and President Donald Trump's actions related to immigrants, transgender students and more.

But you don't have to go it alone.

We've compiled a list of resources to help you teach, talk to and advocate for your students.

Found something we missed? Contact us and we'll add it.

Immigration/refugee students

Share My Lesson immigration collection (AFT)
Know Your Rights: Information for Students and Families (AFT)
DREAM Educational Empowerment Program
Suppoting Refugee Students: Tips for Educators (NASP)
Ways Teachers Can Help Refugee Students (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
NEA immigration resources
NEA EdJustice immigration resources
Teaching human rights (The Advocates for Human Rights)

Post-election bullying and harassment

After the Election: Ways to Help Students (AFT)
Share My Lesson social justice issues collection (AFT)
Five Ways to Help Students in Trauma (Edutopia)
Reporting student discrimination or harassment (NEA)
Post-2016 Election Resources (Teaching Tolerance)
After the Election: Ideas for ELL Teachers (Colorin Colorado)
Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Transgender students

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Classroom (AFT)
In Transition: A Guide to Support K-12 Transgender Students (NEA)
Legal Guidance on Transgender Student Rights (NEA)
Model transgender laws and policies (GLSEN)
Share My Lesson LGBTQ bullying collection (AFT)

Suicide prevention resources

Do you work in a school setting and have concerns about bullying and suicide among school-aged youth?

Check out a publication from the Center for Disease Control's Division of Violence Prevention, "The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools." This resource provides you and other school personnel with:

  • The most current research findings about the relationship between bullying and suicide among school-aged youth.
  • Action-oriented evidence-based suggestions to prevent and control bullying and suicide-related behavior in schools.

Included are relevant research findings reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health’s July 2013 Supplement, “Bullying and Suicide: A Public Health Approach."

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