Raising the bar for theatre educator professional development.

Supporting Students During Times of Anxiety and Stress

In times of confusion and traumatic events, often theatre students look to their theatre classes as a safe place of refuge and comfort.  For some, the most comfort will come from the familiar routines and business as usual, for others the most comfort will come from discussion and sharing. A number of organizations have begun publishing resources for starting these discussions. EdTA has collected a curated list of some of the best of these below.   

Strategies for Opening Discussion

Talking to Children About Violence from the National Association of School Psychologists 
This handout, also available in several languages, offers tips and talking points for talking with children about violence and trauma, published by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events from the National Association of School Psychologists
This article discusses possible strong reactions and offers advice and support for educators.

Tips for Talking to Students About Violence from Common Sense Media
Strategies for opening the discussion from Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media collects tools and research exploring media, technology and information. 

Curriculum and Resources 

When Bad Things Happen from Teaching Tolerance 
Lesson plan and links from Teaching Tolerance.  Teaching Tolerance is an organization dedicated to creating civil and inclusive school communities where all children are respected and valued.  They offer free resources to educators with an emphasis on social justice and anti bias. 

Resources for Talking to Students About Politics, Civil Engagement and Uncertainty from ASCD
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development offers a set of free videos and lesson plans. 

Resources for Responding to Trauma from Edutopia
This extensive list from Edutopia offers strategies, lesson plans and other resources for helping students process trauma, including resources for Trauma Informed Instruction strategies. 

Helping Young Children Respond to Trauma from the American Red Cross
Downloadable pdf offers an overview of common reactions to trauma from students of various ages.

Big Paper Discussion Strategy for Virtual Environments from Facing History
Tips for using a "Big Paper" collaborative document discussion strategy in a virtual environment. 


Theatre Educator Pro Resources for Educators

In addition to supporting your students, it is important in times of trauma to practice self care as well.  This webinar on was hosted in the early stages of the pandemic, however it contains strategies and tips useful for self care for any time of trauma. 

Processing the Pandemic - Self Care for Educators with Amy Luskey-Barth, MPC and Cindy Warden, certified life coach. 

Educators carry a heavy load whenever trauma hits, it is vital that you remember to take care of yourselves as well. This webinar offered in the height of the pandemic, contains wonderful coping strategies for dealing with trauma of any kind.