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Roundup of Parkland Stories, For Teachers: February 2018 Education News

By The Room 241 Team February 28, 2018

In our monthly roundup of education news, we typically pull a variety of big stories that we think you’ll be interested in. This month, we’re zeroing in on just one topic: Parkland. Obviously you know that February 14 was a horrifically tragic day in Florida, when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As a teacher, you no doubt have questions, concerns, fears, ideas, and perhaps a desire to do something. Here are some recent articles about the events of the day, the aftermath, and more.

‘This Is the New Normal Unless We Stop It.’ Teachers Are Fighting for Gun Control After Parkland (Time)

One teacher quoted in this story would like to see a more holistic approach to stopping school violence, including more school counselors, metal detectors, and restricted access to assault weapons. Another is following the lead of students at his schools, planning to join them in protests and marches that they organize. Eager to do something for yourself? Read on.

Resources for Talking and Teaching About the School Shooting in Florida (NY Times)

In this article, educators share how they plan on addressing the school shooting in Parkland with their classrooms and the role of schools in students’ lives. One wrote: “This morning, I’ll be asking them what they have heard, creating opportunity to verbalize as well as acknowledge their feelings. We’ll spend some time either writing or drawing as a way to release the energy. We’ll review lockdown procedures for our school. We will do this daily.”

Parkland Students, Parents Return to Stoneman Douglas High School for 1st Time Since Mass Shooting  (ABC News)

On Sunday, February 25, officials invited students and parents to return to school for an orientation of sorts, where teachers and administrators discussed their plans for resuming classes. Counselors were present too, to help students and parents cope with the emotional toll that comes with returning to the place where their lives changed forever.

They Survived a School Shooting. Now, Activism Feels More Urgent than Classes (CNN)

Turn on the TV and chances are you’ll see the faces of several students from the Parkland high school, debating, discussing, and inspiring people around the country to take action. What’s different about this time? What tools do they have at their disposal, that other survivors in the past didn’t have? Read about what’s giving these students such a loud unified voice that could ultimately make history.

‘I Didn’t Want Them to Panic’: Amid Chaos, Teacher Sheltered Students in Fla. School (Education Week)

Simply put, teachers were heroes on February 14. (Of course, teachers are heroes every day.) But on that horrible day, teachers like Jim Gard saved students lives. Read his account of what happened, including his decision to follow the school’s safety protocols despite there already being a fire drill earlier that day.

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