LIVE WEBCAST: Students & Grief – How to Deal with Loss in School

Thursday, March 24, 2011 4-5 pm (ET)/ 1-2 pm (PT)

Death and grief will affect the lives of almost all children at some point, often leading to struggles with academic performance, social relationships, and behavior. The death of a loved one is immensely challenging for anyone, but children and teens can find it particularly difficult.

Scholastic.com, through the generosity of the New York Life Foundation, hosted a live, interactive webcast on the subject of Children and Grief. Using actual scenarios from children and parents, childhood grief expert, pediatrician, and author Dr. David Schonfeld, MD, and Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation, talked about misconceptions, and imparted valuable advice on how educators and all other caring adults can best support grieving children—whether it's right after the loss or years later. Download the full webcast agenda here.

Educator Resources

The Grieving Student: A Teacher's Guide
by David Schonfeld, M.D. and Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, CHES (New Book)

After a Loved One Dies: How Children Grieve
Children and Grief: An Overview
Guide and brochure from New York Life

Children and Grief
Scholastic website for educators, students, and parents

For additional resources for schools on bereavement and crisis, visit: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement website at www.cincinnatichildrens.org/school-crisis.

Webcast Speakers

Headshot Dr. David Schonfeld, MD

David Schonfeld, MD, is the director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a pediatrician/childhood grief expert. Dr. Schonfeld will offer an overview of the scope of the issue and address common misconceptions. Dr. Schonfeld will introduce pre-taped testimonials of families to illustrate stages of recovery and the emotional concepts of guilt, discomfort, and isolation.


Headshot Chris Park

Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation, understands that grieving children carry emotions into the classroom and will outline a few key takeaways for educators to help their students dealing with bereavement: Educators can make a huge impact by just saying, "I'm here for you" and conveying the desire to connect and listen; this is 90 percent of the battle.

Information on Dr. Schonfeld's Book

The Grieving Student by Dr. David Schonfeld, MD

The Grieving Student
A Teacher's Guide

By David Schonfeld, M.D., & Marcia Quackenbush, M.S., M.F.T., C.H.E.S.
Foreword by MaryEllen Salamone

Teachers can be a critical lifeline for a grieving child—and now they have a practical guidebook to help them provide sensitive support to students of all ages.

Author David Schonfeld is the national go-to expert on childhood bereavement and school crisis—a veteran consultant to school crisis teams, he has trained thousands of professionals in the wake of events such as 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Partnering with family therapist Marcia Quackenbush, he guides teachers through a child's experience of grief and loss, illuminates the classroom issues that grieving may trigger, and empowers teachers to undertake the rewarding job of reaching and helping their students.

Use code 1803GS at checkout for a 20% discount on the book, valid from March 24, 2011 through April 24, 2011.