By Rick Ayers
The loss of life of a scholar, particularly to gun violence, is a life-changing event that happens with progressively more frequency in America’s faculties. for every of those tragedies, there's a school room and there's a instructor. but pupil demise is usually a forbidden topic, faraway from instructor schooling improvement periods the place the curriculum is targeted as an alternative on studying approximately criteria, lesson plans, and pedagogy. What can and may academics do whilst the insufferable happens? An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of pupil demise and indicates methods of dealing and therapeutic in the lecture room group. This publication weaves the tale of the author’s very own event of a student’s deadly taking pictures with brief items by way of different educators who've labored via both poor occasions and likewise comprises contributions from counselors, therapists, and faculty principals. via gathered knowledge, educators are given the ability and the assets to discover their very own route to therapeutic their scholars, their groups, and themselves.
“A dreadful script were written for our faculty and city (and the realm) yet this didn't suggest new script couldn't be written by way of us. We didn’t need to join the tragic script past our keep watch over. It was once time to rewrite.”
—Lee Keylock, high tuition instructor, Sandy Hook, CT
“This e-book is a meditation at the unspeakable horror and resulting suffering that follows the dying of a scholar. A heretofore taboo topic, academics have a lot to proportion approximately their inventive, improvisational praxes while shared cultural scripts in city school rooms are unavailable. This relocating and poignant textual content illuminates up to it inspires.
—Angela Valenzuela, Professor of schooling, college of Texas, Director of the Texas heart for schooling Policy
“Written by way of an important form of specialist, an individual who has been there, Dr. Ayers candidly discusses his personal struggles following the violent demise of 1 of his scholars. This e-book serves as a useful advisor, delivering examine and sensible instruments on the right way to reply to a pupil loss of life and facilitate a secure area within the school room the place scholars can ask questions, show feelings, and method their grief. this can be a must-read for each instructor, administrator, and counselor in order that a faculty is definitely ready within the occasion of a tragedy.”
—Heidi Horsley, government director, Open to wish starting place, adjunct professor, Columbia collage institution of Social Work
“For those that educate, this e-book will most probably evoke painful stories of loss and unrealized power that accompanies the tragedy of any student's loss of life. school rooms and groups are worlds in their personal, the place saving one existence or inspiring a person in even the main minute or temporary approach can suggest saving an entire international. Ayers's publication honors the lives of either lecturers and scholars. it's a booklet for all of us.”
—Jack Weinstein, director, San Francisco Bay sector, dealing with historical past and Ourselves
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