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    Tom Rosenthal
    Rich Vespucci
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For Release: August 23, 2002


Resources for Educators to Prepare Students
For the Commemoration of September 11, 2001

To help teachers, administrators and parents prepare students and the general school community for the commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001, the New Jersey Department of Education has assembled a list of resources that may be useful in addressing questions, concerns, reactions and fears among their students related to the anniversary of this national catastrophe.

The list of Websites includes practical guidelines and strategies on helping school staff prepare for the anniversary, free resources and activity ideas to observe American Character Week (September 6th through September 17th, 2002) and additional information and materials on emergency preparedness, school safety, stress management, conflict resolution and multicultural awareness. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Martz, director, Office of Program Support Services at (609) 292-5935.

Helping America Cope: A Guide To Help Parents And Children Cope With The September 11th Terrorist Attacks. To download a free copy of this guide, visit www.7-dippity.com. Available in English and Spanish. For further questions, contact 7-Dippity, Inc., Coral Gables, FL at toll free (866) 734-7748.

Impact of Disaster On Children In Our Schools: A Program for School Nurses. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Education and Training Division, Center of Alcohol Studies, Piscataway, NJ. To request a free copy of the CD and/or videotape contact (732) 445-4317.

When Terrible Things Happen: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Their Children. Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute, Elk Grove Village, Ill. To download a free copy of this guide, visit www.jjpi.com. For additional information and questions, contact the Institute at toll free (800) 433-9016 or visit www.aap.org.

Helping Children Cope with Tuesday’s Acts of Terrorism: Tips for Parents and Teachers, One Year Later: Remembering September 11, 2001 – Tips for Teachers and Adolescents. National Association of School Psychologists, Bethesda, MD. To download free copies and additional resources, visit www.nasponline.org or for any questions, contact (301) 657-0270.

A Summer of Renewal: A Guide for Reflection. Crises Management Institute, Salem, OR. To download a free copy, visit www.cmionline.org.

Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidenced-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programs. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychology. To preview and/or download this pre-publication version and additional resources, visit www.casel.org/.

Helping Children Deal With Scary News. PBS Kids, Family Communications, New York, NY. To download a free copy, visit www.pbskids.org/rogers/parents/

For more information for parents, visit www.pbs.org/americaresponds/parents.html

For more information for educators, visit: www.pbs.org/americaresponds/educators.html

Threat Assessment in Schools. United States Department of Education, Educational Publications Center, Jessup, MD. To get a free copy, contact toll free (877) 433-7827 or download a copy on www.ed.gov/about/ordering.jsp or www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP.

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools. United States Department of Education, Educational Publications Center, Jessup, MD. To get a free copy, contact toll free at (877) 433-7827 or download a copy on www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP or www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP.

Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide. United States Department of Education, Educational Publications Center, Jessup, MD. To get a free copy, contact toll free (877) 433-7827 or download a copy on www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP or www.ed.gov/about/ordering.jsp.

A Guide for the Development of A Districtwide School Safety Plan. New Jersey Department of Education, Trenton, NJ. To download a copy visit www.state.nj.us/education and click on Subjects A-Z, click on A.

Safe, Supportive and Successful Schools Step by Step, Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice. This free document is available only in draft form at this time. For further information, contact http://cecp.air.org.

American Character Week (September 6 – 17, 2002) sponsored by Josephson Institute of Ethics, Character Counts!, Marina del Rey, CA. For information on how to get involved and free school resources, visit www.charactercounts.org or contact toll-free (800) 711-2670.

Effects of the World Trade Center Attack on New York City Public School Students, Children’s Mental Health Alliance, New York, NY. To download a free copy and additional resources, visit www.cmhalliance.org.

Get the FACTS – Media Literacy Preparing for the Anniversary of 9/11 for Parents/ Teachers/Caregivers. To download a free copy, visit www.morriscountyactagainstviolence.eboard.com. For questions, contact Child & Family Resources, Randolph, NJ at (973) 927-6060.

Developing and Maintaining Safe Schools. North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Naperville, ILL. For a free copy, visit www.ncrel.org/sdrs/issues.htm, click on Safe and Drug Free or visit www.ncrel.org for additional resources.

Managing Sudden Traumatic Loss in the Schools. Maureen M. Underwood, LCSW and Karen Dunne-Maxim, MS, RN. To purchase a copy of the five-part videotape series or the manual, contact the American Association of Suicidology, Washington, DC at 202-237-2280 or to order online, visit www.preventsuicidenow.org/specialpopulations.htm and look under Schools. The association home page is www.suicidology.org.

9/11, A Time for Remembering: A Guide for Schools. Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. A free copy of the guide and video will be sent to every school principal the last week of August. For further information, contact (732) 235-9342.

 New Jersey State
Governor’s Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance

www.state.nj.us

On home page, at bottom left-hand side, click on Security, then click on Family Assistance and Project Phoenix. For more information, contact the Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance at (609) 777-1248 and/or the Family Advocate Program at 877-688-5268. This toll-free line is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, please leave a message.

American School Counselor Association
www.schoolcounselor.org

New Jersey School Counselor Association
www.njsca.org

National Education Association
Post September 11 Help – Information for teachers, parents and students on many issues surrounding September 11 and the ongoing war on terrorism.
http://neahin.org/programs/schoolsafety/september11/index.htm

New Jersey Education Association
www.njea.org

National Association of School Psychologists
Various resources related to 9/11 for parents and educators.
www.nasponline.org/NEAT/children_war.html 

New Jersey Association of School Psychologists
Research, articles and related web sites for educators, parents, etc.
www.njasp.org

Purdue University
Tips for parents on discussing terrorism with children.
www.ces.purdue.edu/terrorism/children/index.html

Violence Institute of New Jersey at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Resources, funding opportunities and related articles and research on violence and other topics.
www.umdnj.edu/vinjweb/

National School Public Relations Association
Various resources and additional links.
www.nspra.org

National Association of Elementary School Principals
Various resources and additional links.
www.naesp.org

Public Broadcasting System
A Guide to Children’s Grief.
www.pbs.org/wnet/onourownterms/articles/children/html

Center for Mental Health Services
Tips for Talking About Disasters – Information for parents and social workers.
www.mentalhealth.org/cmhs/emergencyservices/after.asp

National Institute of Mental Health
Contains in-depth links on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.
www.nimh.nih.gov/outline/responseterrorism.cfm

Family Education Network
http://familyeducation.com

National Parent Teachers Association (PTA)
www.pta.org

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Various materials, training, research and additional resources for educators.
www.ascd.org

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Various resources dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry.
www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/disaster.htm

American Counseling Association
Various resources dedicated to the social and emotional development of children.
www.counseling.org

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Various resources and research materials on this topic.
www.ptsd.va.gov/

American Psychological Association
Various materials for educators, parents and children.
www.apa.org

Horatio Alger Association
Provides a new comprehensive national survey report of America’s youth titled, The State of Our Nation’s Youth 2002-2003. This back-to-school survey examines the attitudes and opinions of America’s youth. Findings related to September 11, 2001 are cited.
www.horatioalger.org

Families and Work Institute
Multi-dimensional program and curricula resources to help youth, parents and educators address the impact of 9/11 with resiliency and hope.
www.911AsHistory.org

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, Child Study Center, Yale University
Provides guides for teachers, administrators and parents about how to talk about 9/11 with children.
www.nccev.org/resources/terrorism/911TeacherGuide.htm

New Jersey Department of Education
Administrative Code: Chapter 16, Programs to Support Student Development.
Provides parameters for health and student support services, including Subchapter 5, School Safety.
www.state.nj.us/njded/code/, click on Chapter 16.