By Rick Ayers
The loss of life of a pupil, specifically to gun violence, is a life-changing adventure that happens with increasingly more frequency in America’s faculties. for every of those tragedies, there's a lecture room and there's a instructor. but pupil dying is usually a forbidden topic, faraway from instructor schooling improvement sessions the place the curriculum is targeted as an alternative on studying approximately criteria, lesson plans, and pedagogy. What can and will academics do whilst the insufferable happens? An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of pupil dying and indicates methods of dealing and therapeutic in the lecture room neighborhood. This booklet weaves the tale of the author’s very own adventure of a student’s deadly taking pictures with brief items via different educators who've labored via both negative occasions and in addition contains contributions from counselors, therapists, and faculty principals. via gathered knowledge, educators are given the skill 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 area) yet this didn't suggest new script couldn't be written by way of us. We didn’t need to sign up for the tragic script past our keep watch over. It used to be time to rewrite.”
—Lee Keylock, high institution instructor, Sandy Hook, CT
“This ebook is a meditation at the unspeakable horror and resulting ache that follows the dying of a scholar. A heretofore taboo topic, academics have a lot to percentage approximately their artistic, improvisational praxes while shared cultural scripts in city study rooms are unavailable. This relocating and poignant textual content illuminates up to it inspires.
—Angela Valenzuela, Professor of schooling, collage of Texas, Director of the Texas middle for schooling Policy
“Written by way of crucial type of professional, a person who has been there, Dr. Ayers candidly discusses his personal struggles following the violent dying of 1 of his scholars. This publication serves as a useful consultant, offering examine and useful instruments on find out how to reply to a pupil dying and facilitate a secure house within the school room the place scholars can ask questions, exhibit feelings, and method their grief. it is a must-read for each instructor, administrator, and counselor in order that a college is definitely ready within the occasion of a tragedy.”
—Heidi Horsley, government director, Open to wish starting place, adjunct professor, Columbia college university of Social Work
“For those that educate, this e-book will most likely evoke painful thoughts of loss and unrealized capability that accompanies the tragedy of any student's demise. school rooms and groups are worlds in their personal, the place saving one existence or inspiring somebody in even the main minute or temporary means can suggest saving a complete global. Ayers's booklet honors the lives of either lecturers and scholars. it's a ebook for all of us.”
—Jack Weinstein, director, San Francisco Bay region, dealing with historical past and Ourselves
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