Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover From Crisis

A Message from Detroit Public Television- In the aftermath of the horrific events in Connecticut, we have been working with Michigan’s State Superintendent of Schools, Mike Flanagan, to gather resources to share with our community.

Dear Colleagues,

Many of us who work with or have children may be searching for ways to help them understand Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut. Sadly, we all know events like these are difficult to prevent. Even when it happens in a different part of the country or world, it can have a significant impact on children in Michigan and in OUR schools.  We thought the following resources might be useful in discussions with your children, your students , and your staffs.

Detroit Public Television and other local PBS stations are working together to bring trusted, helpful information today and in the days to come at   Initial resources include:

  • The PBS Parents website has detailed information about how children of different ages perceive and respond to upsetting events.  You’ll find suggestions for helping your child talk about their feelings, as well as strategies to address their fears.
  • Mr. Rogers discussion with parents on scary news.  You can view a short video featuring him in either English or Spanish.
  • And for a deeper look into teen violence and suicide, a documentary PBS aired called a Cry for Help,  has a website with links to a number of resources.

Major State and Federal Resources

·         Michigan Department of Education’s Safe School web site.

·         Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.

·         National Institute of Mental Health – Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters.

·         Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.

·         American Association of Pediatrics – Children, Terrorism & Disasters
Includes information about biological, chemical, and nuclear agents, as well as information about the psychological aspects of disasters.

  • Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
    The US Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is the federal government’s primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation’s schools. Includes current news, publications, and information about funding opportunities.

Mike Flanagan
State Superintendent
Michigan Department of Education

Supporting achievement for EVERY student through a Proficiency-Based system of education.

Thank you for sharing. #iHeartKids

Newtown Angels

#PrayforNewtown #iHeartKids

Names and ages of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and the people of Newtown.

Photos of the victims can be found by clicking here –>Connecticut Post.  There are also links to Facebook Memorial Pages.

An official fund for victims’ families, and the community as a whole, has now been established: The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected. Save The Children has released 10 tips for parents wondering how to help their children deal with their feelings about such a traumatic event, such as spending extra time with your kids, and limiting TV time. (Source,

Please post below words of support and messages for the families affected. Share a prayer, a song, or a poem. Share an inspirational story. Thoughts about this tragedy.  Parents, what would you like to see done? Keep it positive.  We will collect and share with the community and families. Children can send art to or submit here All art submissions will be sent to the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary.


We are remembering all kids on our instagram page too:  These angels will always be a special part of iHeartKids <3

Love & (Hugs), Donna and Dottie #iHeartKids