The NCSCB was absolutely essential in assisting us in handlingJohn BarryFormer Superintendent, Aurora (Colorado) Public Schools
the aftermath of the crisis [2012 movie theater shooting] so our
community could recover as quickly as possible.
The NCSCB proved to be the most valuable of resources for the recoveryJoshua WebbFormer Director of Counseling, Marysville (Washington) School District
efforts in our schools [after a deadly school shooting in 2014]…
If I only had one piece of advice for schools experiencing such a crisis, it
would be to make giving a call to the NCSCB their first priority.
[The NCSCB] generously assisted us by spending three days withDebra Ann Cline, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Sevier County (Tennessee) School System
our impacted faculties as well as the district leadership team
[after the 2016 Smoky Mountains wildfires]… and provided
meaningful help at a pivotal moment in our recovery!
Patiently walked me through the process, supplied wonderful supportLee ThomsenHead of School, Sacramento (California) Country Day School
materials, and even helped draft initial letters to staff and parents
[after the sudden death of a school staff member in 2016]. Our community
would have suffered far more without [the NCSCB’s] support.
After a series of student suicides, my staff was paralyzed with guilt that they had missed something or somehow could have prevented the student deaths. It was so freeing to learn from NCSCB that unfounded guilt and blame almost always accompany such loss, and that even with all of the best precautions in place, it does not guarantee against loss. After this, I saw healing begin to take place and teachers reaching out to support one another.Mike GallagherPrincipal, Kamiak High School (Washington State)
The Coalition to Support
We lead a collaboration of national
organizations, representing the full range of
school professionals, that has developed
free training materials to help empower
schools to support grieving students.