2022 Behavior Post

April Notes From Your ESC6 Behavior Specialist

April is here and the end of the school year is near!

Many of us are busy with STAAR-related testing, ARD meetings, training for test security, legal mandates/requirement reports, and many other educational processes. But, April has some interesting holidays and observances. Check out this awesome list:

So, take the time to celebrate something meaningful today. Celebrations lighten up the load of worry and stress in our busy lives. Enjoy your time, live this day!

World Autism Awareness Day: April 2

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

Social Media Toolkit: Child Abuse Prevention

This toolkit includes daily messages to use in promoting child abuse prevention awareness, CAPM resources, and sample CAPM imagery to share and post.

Upcoming Trainings

Additional Training Opportunities

TIER Online Courses Available Now

Additionally, to supplement these trainings provided by certified trainings, TIER has 6 trainings available online (and 2 more coming soon). All Texas educators may access these courses for free on the TEALearn website and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.


TASP Summer Institute Information

Summer Institute at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center June 23-24, 2022.

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Attend an upcoming 30 minute demo to see how easy it can be to build your 2021-22 classroom rosters.

Free Virtual Equity Connect Workshops (March - May)

These Network webinar sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom webinar platform. Sutra will also be used to create an online learning experience that fosters a safe space for engagement, sharing, and meaningful conversation.

A Free Virtual Presentation on Behavior Data Management

Learn how a Texas school is reshaping behavior management

mytaptrack® simplifies how schools track student behavior and make support decisions, which leads to strong reductions in disruptive behaviors, student restraints, and the need to evacuate classrooms for safety. Real-time, actionable data allows schools to do things that were not possible previously.

Join us for a webinar to learn first-hand how one school's strategy is transforming how they support students, teachers, and promote a positive student culture.

Tasha Bennett

Adaptive Behavior Specialist

Huffman Elementary School

Wednesday, April 6th

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Sign Up

TEA & Mental Health Resources

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health is equally as important as physical health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). School mental health (SMH) encompasses a continuum of policies, procedures, and practices that ultimately promotes the social, emotional, and behavioral development and wellbeing of students to support their learning and success in school and life.

The Texas Education Agency has developed the School Mental Health Guide and Toolkit to provide technical assistance to local education agencies. The intention of this document is to provide helpful, general information, tools, and resources about school mental health. This document does not constitute legal advice. For resources and information, please visit the website.

This School Mental Health Practice Guide and Toolkit provides information, practice considerations, resources, and tools for schools. The purpose is to help local education agencies plan and provide a comprehensive school mental health system. This toolkit supports schools with readiness to plan services and supports aligned with the Safe and Supportive Schools Program.

The target audiences for implementing comprehensive school mental health
systems are:

  • Local Education Agency (LEA) Leadership Teams
  • Campus-Level Leadership and Student Support
  • Education Service Centers’ Mental Health Coaching and Consulting Support.
The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) - New Site

TBSI is a state-level training that meets the requirements mandated by Texas Education Code 37.0021 and Texas Administrative Code 89.1053.

Trauma-Informed Leadership Free e-Book

School leaders across the county are facing a common crisis: the ongoing pandemic, personnel shortages, increases in mental health issues, and an unprecedented spike in behavior challenges. Download your free book here.

School Climate Webinar on March 31st

Please join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on March 31 at 3:00 PM EDT for an informational webinar on school climate featuring strategies, guidance, and resources for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools.

The session will feature guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Supportive Schools and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.

Presenters will provide an overview of how communities can improve school climate, help prevent acts of violence, and lead to improved behavioral and academic outcomes.

School climate refers to the quality of school life and is a broad, multifaceted concept that involves many aspects of the student’s educational experience. Research suggests that a positive school climate can lead to a significant decrease in the likelihood of crime, aggression, and violent behavior. Therefore, schools and districts should implement social, emotional, and behavioral support systems to create a climate that supports and responds to student behavior.

The discussion will feature additional school safety-related resources available through SchoolSafety.gov, as well as a Q&A session.

  • When: March 31, 2022, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
  • Where: Adobe Connect (access link to be provided one day in advance of the event)
  • For: K-12 School Superintendents and Principals; School and District Administrators; Teachers and School Staff; School Counselors and School Psychologists; Emergency Management; Parents
  • Registration: https://schoolclimatewebinar.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please contact the School Safety team at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov.


The Professional Learning Lab for Universal Structured Environments and Supports offers an array of opportunities for teachers and behavior support staff. Visit our classroom and delight yourself! A free resource for all.

Inspiration & Information

Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
Teaching The Zones with Integrity

A message from the Author

Webinars on The Zones?

This link will get you to the official website listing all sessions scheduled to date.

Pep Talk

Dial up the free hotline number at 707-998-8410, and you’ll be treated to a selection of pre-recorded messages offering uplifting words and "life advice" from students ages 5-12. The messages come in both English and Spanish.

8 Things Teachers Can Do To Help Students Succeed

Simple article with some ideas for success.

Nina Simone | Jazz Appreciation Month 2021: Women's Impact and Contributions in Jazz
Reducing Significant Disproportionality

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD continues efforts to build restorative practices into conduct policy

NASP on Social Justice Issues

This link will take you to several resources such as Podcasts, lesson plans, position statements, and information on implicit biases - to name a few.

Sped Talk Podcast

Check this website for conversations that will inform and inspire you.

Toolkit for Supporting LGBTQ+

Youth Mental Health in Schools. we have built a suite of tools including recorded E-learning materials, animated learning videos, and other resources. View the materials here to learn more!

Self-Compassion Break with Natalie Bell

Parents Corner


Information for parents, including flyers.

Early Childhood Texas

Early Childhood Texas is a streamlined website to connect Texas parents with access to a variety of free or low-cost services and resources available through different state agencies and programs.

Screen Use - Tips from Harvard Graduate School of Ed

Parents: Time to Rethink Your Child’s Relationship with Screen Time

Supported Decision-Making

Most people with disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from a person whom they trust and do not need a guardian. There are many alternatives to guardianship. Check Disability Rights Texas for more information.

SpedText Information Center

Stay Connected , a newsletter from TEA to keep you informed on several TEA initiatives and opportunities. Sign up to their mailing list, parents and educators!

Sounds for Your Pleasure

Lauren Daigle - You Say / Sonata Pathétique (Piano/Cello) ThePianoGuys

For More Information

Please check the Special Education webpage on our ESC 6 website. You will find valuable information from colleagues, as well as opportunities for other services - including the Non-Education Funds information and application. Thank you!

Fabiana Bezerra, LSSP, NCSP

ESC 6 Behavior Specialist for Special Education