Resources for Addressing Trauma, Violence, and Grief


Resources Addressing Trauma, Violence, and Grief

Letter to Superintendents

Resources for Parents and Educators

As educators, the safety and well-being of our students, colleagues, and school community is of paramount importance. Please share these resources with staff and families in your districts.

Resources for Supporting Inclusive, Positive School Climates for All Students

Resources for supporting LGBTQ students:

  • The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national education organization dedicated to ensuring safe, positive, and inclusive school environments regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. GLSEN’s “Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit” provides elementary educators with a framework for fostering safe, affirming school climates for all students with a focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community.
  • There are several toll-free hotlines devoted to supporting the LGBTQ community:
    • The Trevor Project (youth-focused): 1-866-488-7386 and 
    • GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)
    • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

Resources for supporting Muslim students:

  • The Islamic Network Group (ING) is a nonprofit, national organization and its mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims through teaching. This organization provides cultural seminars for educators and can provide guest speakers for presentations or panel discussions. Some examples include:
    • Education – Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment
    • Responding to Increased Bullying of Muslim/Arab/South Asian Students at a Time of Crisis
    • ING Staff Speak About Educator Resources on Paris Attacks
    • Bullying Prevention Guide
  • Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is a local resource for Muslim and non-Muslim students alike for promoting tolerance and countering religious prejudice and discrimination.

Training Resources and Classroom Tools for Educators

Materials through the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) of Connecticut

CHDI of Connecticut is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, and early care systems for children across the state. It offers multiple resources on trauma-informed care and pediatric mental health care. Guardians, educators, and community-based health providers may find the following resources to be useful:

Trauma-Specific Interventions

Several online resources profile evidence-based and promising practices for trauma intervention that can be adapted and used by schools, including:

Additional Resources on Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster