January 01, 1900

Teaching about a tragedy

As school doors opened this morning, educators across New York state and throughout the nation searched for ways to help their students understand the horrific tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. NYSUT's two national affiliates — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — have provided online resources that will assist teachers and other education professionals in addressing student and community concerns about school safety, and in dealing with grief and fear:

AFT Links: 

NEA Links:

National Association of School Psychologists:

Resources Curated by the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

Take Action

Meanwhile, AFT President Randi Weingarten is urging educators to stand in solidarity with Newtown's students, teachers, staff and community. Go to and send an email message today.

Official Statements

NYSUT issued the following statement on Friday.

Here is what the AFT and NEA said.