By Rick Ayers
The demise of a pupil, specifically to gun violence, is a life-changing event that happens with a growing number of frequency in America’s colleges. for every of those tragedies, there's a school room and there's a instructor. but scholar loss of life 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 may lecturers do while the insufferable happens? An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of scholar dying and indicates methods of dealing and therapeutic in the lecture room group. This e-book weaves the tale of the author’s very own event of a student’s deadly capturing with brief items via different educators who've labored via both poor occasions and in addition contains contributions from counselors, therapists, and faculty principals. via accrued knowledge, educators are given the potential 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 means of us. We didn’t need to sign up for the tragic script past our regulate. It was once time to rewrite.”
—Lee Keylock, high college instructor, Sandy Hook, CT
“This e-book is a meditation at the unspeakable horror and resulting discomfort that follows the loss of life of a scholar. A heretofore taboo topic, academics have a lot to proportion 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, somebody 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, offering examine and useful instruments on the right way to reply to a scholar loss of life and facilitate a secure area within the lecture room the place scholars can ask questions, show 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 origin, adjunct professor, Columbia collage institution of Social Work
“For those that educate, this ebook 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 an individual in even the main minute or temporary method can suggest saving an entire global. Ayers's e-book honors the lives of either lecturers and scholars. it's a publication for all of us.”
—Jack Weinstein, director, San Francisco Bay region, dealing with background and Ourselves
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