From the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments:

School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies, however, words fail to describe December 14th’s heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All students and staff deserve to learn and work in safe supportive learning environments. Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School said, "Our Responsive Classroom approach focuses on the benefits of a climate of kindness and respect where all community members feel accepted, important, and secure" ( We hope the community that she and her teachers tried to build will now help them cope with this tragedy and heal.

For assistance and support in responding and building resiliency within safe learning environments before and after a crisis, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has compiled a comprehensive list of resources. Visit the links below:

NCSSLE Website:

For information and resources on developing emergency management plans and supporting efforts for local education agencies and institutions of higher education, go to

For additional information on coping with violence and traumatic events, go to

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
American Institutes for Research
1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007