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Teaching after a Tragedy: Strategies and resources for returning to the classroom

CFE staff have compiled a set of resources to help guide UNC instructors through the return to teaching after the tragedy that occurred on our campus on August 28. Please make use of these to guide your next steps, and feel free to share them widely as needed. We offer these with gratitude to our colleagues at other institutions who reached out with support and resources. Each button below opens a downloadable PDF in a new tab; you can download a combined PDF here.

1. What to do tonight: Preparing for the return to class

2. What to do tomorrow: Returning to the classroom

3. What to do moving forward: Course planning

4. What to do for yourself: self-care in stressed times


Conversations on Teaching through Tragedy

We will offer one-hour sessions every other week for building peer support networks, sharing ideas and discussing how instructors are teaching through this campus trauma. Each session will begin with a brief introduction from presenters on principles of trauma-informed pedagogy, including: empathy, flexibility, clarity, transparency, and consistency. Each session will be co-facilitated by CFE staff and faculty members from across campus with relevant expertise.

We’ll use these sessions to listen, support, and identify additional resources and development we can provide to create to support faculty now and moving forward.

Register here to attend one or more sessions. We will be meeting every other week on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM.  The sessions will be held on September 13th, September 27th, October 11th, October 25th, November 8th, and November 22nd.   You can join us in 304 Wilson Library or via Zoom.

If you would like additional support, please reach out to the CFE directly at or schedule a consultation with a CFE team member.