The events of September 11, 2001 have been shocking, frightening and confusing for all of us, especially our children.

C.A.S.T.L.E. supports teachers and parents who are in the difficult role of being comforters in a time of fear and counselors that must explain the realities of our sometimes violent world.

While we cannot reach out in person to each and every one of the victims of this tragedy or those who must answer the question "Why did this happen?" in homes and schools, we would like to provide these links to resources that we hope will be helpful during this difficult time.

  • Lightspan's team has compiled informational resources to help our children cope with the impact of this event. 
     
  • EduHound's site has also posted good resources.

Two sites from the National Association of School Psychologists which may be of some help today in your school. (Source: Kathy Schrock's site).

AskERIC has compiled a list of resources for educators and parents
to help students cope with and discuss this tragedy
http://askeric.org/

Resources that may help teachers, students, and parents from Midlink
http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/coping.htm

America Responds, PBS lesson plans for elementary, middle and high
schools http://pbs.org/americaresponds/educators.html

Connect for Kids has gathered a few good resources for adults to
help children with their fears and grief.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters,
from the National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm

Helping Children Cope: Teacher Resources for Talking About Tragedy -
Education World links to Web resources for helping children cope with
crises. http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr369.shtml

Themes in Education: Proud to be an American
http://teachers.teach-nology.com/themes/social/america/

Children and Responding to National Disaster Information for Children
(for educators), from the National Association of School Psychologists.
http://www.nasponline.org/NEAT/terror_eds.html

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland has put together a
Response Curriculum to the Attack.
http://www.jecc.org/edres/curric/irc/tragedy.htm

The National Education Association has a Crisis Communication Guide,
and resources for teachers trying to cope with their own stress
and the stress of students.
http://www.nea.org/01crisis.html

 

***** For Parents

How to Talk to Your Child About the News, from KidsHealth
http://www.kidshealth.org/breaking_news/tragedies.html

Coping with Death and Grief, Connect for Kids
http://www.connectforkids.org/usr_doc/CopingWithGrief.htm
 

Helping Children Deal With Scary News -- Thoughts from Fred Rogers
http://pbskids.org/rogers/parents/war.html
 

***** For Kids

Global SchoolNet has set up a space on the web to allow kids around the
world to send their messages of hope, support, and condolences to those
affected by the September 11th tragedy. http://www.globalschoolnet.org/

Check the New York City board of education website for a list of NYC
schools. You can find there website at http://www.nycenet.edu/default.aspx. For
schools wanting to send letters to NYC schools.  

If you have any resources on the Web that you have found helpful, we invite you to share them with us so we can post them here. Please contact us by
clicking here.

The C.A.S.T.L.E. Technology Consultants family.


One of our partners, Adrian Aguirre, contributed this 
graphic as a memorial to those who perished.