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Teachers say they're not equipped to deal with grieving students

from The Denver Post

Seven out of 10 teachers nationwide had at least one student in class who has lost someone close to them in the past year, according to a survey by the American Federation of Teachers and the New York Life Foundation. On average, teachers reported interacting with eight students who’d experienced a loss in the past year. Of those who had grieving children in their classrooms, 67 percent reported the loss in a child's life translated to poor academic performance, and 87 percent said the kids had trouble concentrating in class. Yet only 7 percent of teachers who responded to the survey say they have ever had training in how to deal with a grieving student. more


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