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Daily Schools update: How to discuss traumatic events with kids

Beth Simek, President Of The Arizona Parent Teacher Association, Said Her Oldest Son Has Spent Nearly His Entire School Years In Underfunded Classrooms, And She Doesn’t Want Her Youngest Son (pictured Here) To Go Through The Same Experience. Photo By Brooke Razo/AZEdNews

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Updated May 25, 2022: A child trauma expert, therapist, and school psychologists share suggestions on how parents could talk with their children about traumatic events, including the Uvalde school shooting.

Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress shared these suggestions with National Public Radio.

A Phoenix therapist also shares tips on how to talk about what happened with your children.

The National Association of School Psychologists also provides these resources to help people talk with children about violence.

Parents can find other resources to help them start the discussion with their children at Sesame Street.

Greater Good also offers these recommendations when talking with children about traumatic experiences, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals shares some resources to make these conversations easire.

If you are looking for ways to help the families of students and the community, here are some suggestions.

Cartwright School District and many other people and organizations around the state and nation shared their response to this tragedy and asked what can be done to prevent this in the future.

In response, Tucson Unified School District’s School Safety Department is reviewing and adjusting its school safety protocols.

Students are also sharing what they think could help to create more in supportive and inclusive schools.

NBC News shares information about the victims in the Uvalde shooting, while President Joe Biden calls for action.

In his speech last night about the school shooting, President Biden said, “Why are we willing to live with this carnage. Why do we keep letting this happen. Where in God’s name is our back bone?”

Many are asking if this will be what changes state and federal policies and laws.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Arizona Department of Education is sharing student-created content from the Paradise Valley Bring Change to Mind Club.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,049,627 as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Arizona, up 11,498 cases from last week, and 30,299 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,296,530 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 258,470 in Pima County133,615 in Pinal County62,829 in Yuma County57,960 in Mohave County48,765 in Yavapai County44,504 in Coconino County38,649 in Navajo County31,809 in Cochise County22,689 in Apache County, 16,746 in Santa Cruz County, 12,096 in Graham County5,238 in La Paz County and 2,235 in Greenlee County.

Tempe Elementary celebrates a students named the winner of the AZ529 Art contest.

Phoenix Union High School District encourages young men to find out more and enroll in a program to bridge the gap between youth, parental involvement, education and workforce development.

Avondale Elementary students share how they hope to inspire the students who come after them and their plans for the future.

Teachers are working on developing better ways to help students learn while classes are out for summer.

Chandler Unified celebrates one of its graduates.

Dysart Unified School District congratulates teachers who were recently named Arizona Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher in STEM.

Arizona Council for Economics Education thanks sponsors for helping them provide financial literacy education to Arizona teachers and students.

First Things First Arizona and Chandler Unified honor Learning Together families.

May 23, 2022

Arizona continues to remain among the states with the lowest per pupil spending in the nation, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.

Arizona spent $8,785 per pupil in 2020 the latest year of available data, putting the state above only Utah and Idaho, while the national acerage was $13,384 per pupil. Also, Arizona was last among states and Washington D.C. in the amount spent on instruction at $4,801, while the national average was $8,176 per pupil.

See Phoenix Union High School District Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson share how the help students with special needs transition from high school to college and career.

See the cart developed by Peoria Unified students and ASU EPICS to help Arizona Housing, Inc. case managers by easily transporting items to residents units.

Find out more about Santa Cruz Valley Union High School’s Diego Chavez who was named a Flinn Scholar.

Three steps to creating a makerspace at your school.

Hear how Kandice Tanner and her father Kendall Tanner graduated at the same Northern Arizona University ceremony.

Rattlesnake Ridge students created working Mexican restaurants in their classroom to explore and share Mayan and Aztec cultures.

Pendergast Elementary School District congratulates future high school students at Desert Mirage Elementary.

See how new laws are putting Indigenous LGBTQ+ youth at risk.

Pime Joint Technical Education District celebrates students who completed their career and technical education and are going on to careers and college.

See how schools can help improve Black students access to mental health services, courtesy of edutopia.

Flagstaff Unified reminds families it’s time to register their kindergarteners for the fall.

See how Emily Vasko earned a high school degree by the end of most students’ freshman year.

See why relationship building between students and staff helps student engagement and learning.

May 19, 2022

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Abraham Lincoln Traditional School celebrated their successful food drive to help their community with a fun project that put to use the scientific principles they’d learned about in class, azfamily reports.

Check out Carl Hayden High School’s graduation ceremony!

Marana Unified School District’s Roadrunner school Pre-K through 2nd grade students received a donation of 12 books each to build their own summer reading library courtesy of United Way and Bayer.

Many students packed up all their work today to bring it home on the last day of school.

As school ends and summer starts, children and teens are feeling stress and pressure, and parents are looking for ways to help their children after at least six teen suicides at Valley high schools in the past month.

Look into training on teaching the true history of Native American boarding schools in your classroom courtesy Phoenix Indian School and the Arizona Department of Education.

The end of school also means some staff members who do so much for students are leaving, and it’s time to thank them for all they’ve done over the years.

And some teachers are receiving national recognition.

In Chandler Unified School District, graduating senior visited with their sixth grade teachers today.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,038,129 as of Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Arizona, up 7,204 cases from last week, and 30,259 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,288,395 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 256,778 in Pima County133,108 in Pinal County62,791 in Yuma County57,772 in Mohave County48,535 in Yavapai County44,263 in Coconino County38,506 in Navajo County31,675 in Cochise County22,606 in Apache County, 16,708 in Santa Cruz County, 12,072 in Graham County5,236 in La Paz County and 2,233 in Greenlee County.

See Buckeye Elementary School District’s West Park middle schoolers’ promotion walk.

Looking for something fun for your teens this summer? Check this out.

Arizona Science Center says learn more about a National STEM Gaming Network competition for teen gamers.

Find more ways to interpret student assessment data taken during the pandemic.

Teachers are you looking for grade specific lessons you can use during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Then Take a look at these lesson plans, videos, texts, learning activities and discussion questions.

Arizona Council on Economic Education congratulates the winners of the year-long stock market game.

See what students made during a random ingredient assignment.

Tolleson Elementary School District thanks their speech pathologists for all the ways they help students.

May 16, 2022

Valley View Leadership Academy Instructional Coach Jessica Zimmerman received the national Milken Educator Award worth $25,000 during a surprise assembly on Friday in Roosevelt School District No. 66.

Families can still sign up for free, summer learning programs to help students get caught up on learning loss due to the rough past two years due to COVID-19 thanks to Gov. Doug Ducey approving nearly $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to fund them.

Chores can help children’s development and help them build a sense of community and self worth, Arizona Daily Sun reports.

State and federal regulations exempt Native children from paying premiums for the Arizona health insurance program known as KidsCare, but the state auditor general found 50 children were removed from the program between 2018 and 2021 for not paying premiums, even though documentation showed each child was exempt, Arizona Public Media reports.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,0030,925 as of Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Arizona, up 5,490 cases from last week, and 30,230 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,283,590 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 255,688 in Pima County132,748 in Pinal County62,751 in Yuma County57,631 in Mohave County48,293 in Yavapai County44,091 in Coconino County38,394 in Navajo County31,614 in Cochise County22,540 in Apache County, 16,683 in Santa Cruz County, 12,051 in Graham County5,227 in La Paz County and 2,226 in Greenlee County.

Terros Health is offering youth 12 to 17 years old the opportunity to take life skills courses, work on school assignments in a computer lab, get tutoring support, attend a communication-skills training group or chat with peers, share a meal or play board or monitored computer games.

Take a look at Sandra Day O’Connor High School’s graduation ceremony.

Phoenix Union High School District’s Governing Board showed their support for transgender youth by unanimously approving a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1165, which bars trans girls and women from joining the athletic teams of the gender they identify with, AZ Mirror Reports.

Thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes to attend U.S. boarding schools with the goal of assimilation, but many did not survive and their families never knew exactly what happened to them, AZ Mirror reports.

Kyrene School District is looking to hire middle school teachers. Learn more here.

May 10, 2022

Learn more about how Arizona’s low rate of three- and four-year old students enrolled in pre-school – just 2% for each age group – impacts the public K-12 education system throughout the state.

Glendale Elementary School District honors student athletes and coaches.

Ash Fork Unified School District art teacher Karen Nelsen celebrates her 80th birthday with the students she teaches.

Let Washington Elementary School District students art brighten your day with this virtual art show.

Pendergast Elementary School District celebrates Moms.

Native American children are more than four times as likely as other children to have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19.

Crane School District congratulates employees who graduated from Crane Leadership Academy.

Why taking away a student’s recess is not a good idea, courtesy The Hechinger Report.

Chandler Unified highlights a graduating senior and her accomplishments.

It’s graduation time at Arizona’s community colleges.

Students and their families celebrate graduation at Arizona State University too.

Pima County Joint Technical Education cosmetology students and their families take part in orientation so they can start doing what they love in high school.

May 9, 2022

Hear how 50 students in Peoria Unified School District earned 80 hours of arts related extracurricular activities and completes capstone projects to earn the Arizona Department of Education’s State Seal of Arts Proficiency.

Students in Casa Grande Elementary School District celebrate the teachers who impact them.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,025,435 as of Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Arizona, up 3,911 cases from last week, and 30,189 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,279,872 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 254,912 in Pima County132,530 in Pinal County62,716 in Yuma County57,505 in Mohave County48,151 in Yavapai County43,931 in Coconino County38,331 in Navajo County31,538 in Cochise County22,508 in Apache County, 16,670 in Santa Cruz County, 12,001 in Graham County5,211 in La Paz County and 2,218 in Greenlee County.

Deer Valley Unified School District honors students who presented their senior topics and research during Barry Goldwater High School’s Senior Exhibition.

Peoria Career and Technical Education celebrates 16 students who are now Certified Nursing Assistants.

Glendale Elementary School District thanks their food and nutrition team for all they do to help students be ready to learn.

It’s graduation day at Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College

Phoenix Union High School District celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Students in Marana Unified School District can receive free meals for children this summer. Check the link below from times and locations.

Horizon Honors High School congratulates Jessica Leake for participating in sports for each season she was in high school.

Looking for something interesting to keep your teenager’s engaged in learning? Take a look at this summer camp from Florence Unified School District.

School nurses are so important for students’ health. Learn more about some exemplary Arizona school nurses during National Nurses Week.

See how Mesa Community College art textile students put what they learned to use in creating lanterns displayed on campus.

Learn more about children in immigrant families, courtesy the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Chandler Unified’s Bogle Junior High Celebrates its award winners.

Seeking some literacy help so you can help children in your family? Check out these workshops at several public libraries across Arizona.

See what students graduating ASU’s engineering school put on their graduation caps.

Learn more about how two East Valley Institute of Technology graduates started their own massage therapy business.

See how professional development can improve educational equity courtesy of WestEd‘s 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase May 10th through 17th.

Madison Elementary School District thanks community members who shared with students what they do each day in their STEAM career.

May 3, 2022

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and time to thank an educator for what they’ve done for you, a child in your family and the students in your neighborhood.

See what led some leading educators around the nation to become a teacher.

Tell AZEdNews about your favorite teacher for the opportunity to win a $25 Amazon gift card each day this week.

Here are some of the ways teachers support students and their neighborhoods.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson thanks teachers for all they do.

Thank a teacher by sending them an e-card.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,021,524 as of Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Arizona, up 2,350 cases from last week, and 29,951 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,277,230 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 254,402 in Pima County132,365 in Pinal County62,685 in Yuma County57,442 in Mohave County48,065 in Yavapai County43,766 in Coconino County38,236 in Navajo County31,506 in Cochise County22,460 in Apache County17,295 in Gila County16,659 in Santa Cruz County11,987 in Graham County5,209 in La Paz County and 2,217 in Greenlee County.

Deer Valley High School students perform the musical Footloose.

See how a comic book is helping young students learn in a creative way.

See how Junior Achievement of Arizona is helping students become more financially literate and prepare for their career.

Take a look at this advice before choosing your class schedule before your senior year.

Two Queen Creek Unified School District principals were honored with the Exemplary Principal Award.

Looking for some quick learning activities to boost students math skills? Try some of these.

Looking for something to do? Then check this out at Scottsdale Community College.

Earlier coverage


April 4 – April 30: Daily schools update: Chinle principal wins Milken Educator Award

March 1- March 30: Daily schools update: An event-filled weekend of school arts festivals and a CTE competition

Feb.2, 2022 – Feb. 28:  Daily schools update: College in Ukraine powered by ASU would have welcomed students next month

Jan. 13, 2022 – Feb. 1: Daily schools update: Students learn more about Year of the Tiger during Lunar New Year


Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022Daily schools update: AZ doctors urge schools to require masks as COVID surges

Nov. 23, 2021 – Dec. 17, 2021: Daily schools update: Tolleson Union uses grant to launch Uber-like ride share service for students

Nov. 9, 2021 – Nov. 22, 2021: Daily schools update: Education Advocates get Tax Referendum on 2022 Ballot

Oct. 27, 2021 – Nov. 8, 2021: Daily schools update: Mesa Mother Relieved to get her Young Child Vaccinated

Oct. 12- Oct. 25, 2021Daily schools update: Supply chain issues cause problems for Arizona school cafeterias

Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021Daily Schools Update: How will children becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine change schools’ prevention measures?

Sept. 14 – Sept. 27, 2021Daily schools update: Students decision to mask up may have stopped a classroom COVID-19 outbreak

Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 2021: Daily schools update: COVID-19 outbreaks rise among students in Maricopa County

Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2021: Daily schools update: FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona school mask mandates receive presidential praise

July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts

June 20 to July 14, 2021Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

June 1 to June 11, 2021It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes

May 17 to May 28, 2021A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t

May 10 to May 14, 2021Students ready for graduation ceremonies

May 4 to May 6, 2021Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives

April 28 to May 3, 2021Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate

March 29 to April 9, 2021Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

March 15 to March 26Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today

Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools

Feb. 11 to Feb. 23U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how

Feb. 2 to Feb. 9Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address

Jan. 21 to Feb. 1Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix

Jan. 10 – Jan 20How students engage with Inauguration Day


Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Nov. 18 – 25COVID-19 cases rise before Thanksgiving adding to school and hospital leaders’ concerns

Nov. 16: More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Nov. 2 – 13: $19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7, 2020Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving