2022 Behavior Post

June Notes From Your ESC6 Behavior Specialist

Grief

When tragedy strikes, the world seems to shatter and our priorities are rearranged. This Post was ready to go, and then Uvalde... I simply could not send it without adding a note of profound sorrow for all who are impacted by this massive shooting - including the people from other communities who are relieving their own grief from previous shootings.


Each generation seems to have specific historical events that shape the core of their existence. On 5/24, during Mental Health Month, 2 days before the end of the school year, as children's accomplishments were celebrated, and teachers were in the process of cleaning up their rooms, a senseless and tragic loss of 21 lives at Robb Elementary school stopped us all - not to mention the many wounded and traumatized... Suffering is all too common to our human experience. School shootings, however, cannot become the norm of our days.


Watermark sings:

I can't imagine Heaven's lullabies
And what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing
Heaven is your home

And it's all you'll ever know, all you'll ever know


I wish I could make the hurt go away, but perhaps we should allow ourselves to be at this very uncomfortable and painful time for a while. There is wisdom in living our grief - however long it takes. In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described five common stages of grief. Having this framework in mind, often help us to walk along with the hurting among us. As for what to say to our children, NASP has some suggestions on how to talk about school violence.


As we live through these very difficult times, let's practice mercy and grace towards self and others. Personally, I pray for and seek the wisdom of this Scripture: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7. I tell myself that, if I am at "such a time as this", then I have a calling. One day at a time, one breath at a time, seeking peace, wisdom, and learning resilience.


I cry with you. I breath for You. I am here with you.

Precious Child - Gone Too Soon | Official Lyric Video

The Behavior Post before 5/24 follows below:

A Different Tune

What are you planning for this month? Are you involved in summer school? Are you responsible to provide services for ESY? Are you just enjoying yourself at some amazing location out there?

There are so many cool reasons to celebrate during this month, including Father's Day, National Best Friends' Day, and even National Donald Duck Day.


June at ESC6 is busy with conferences, planning, meetings, training, and more. If you are looking for some refreshing, renewing, recharging training on something you may simply be curious about, but never have time to attend during the school year, check the upcoming training sessions we are offering. If nothing else, attend our Virtual 2022 Special Ed Summer Series. We will have some amazing presenters on different topics. Check it out! There is something good for everyone: administrators, teachers, assessment staff, counselors, behavior specialists, and more.


There are some additional training opportunities in this Post, including some nature sounds for your pleasure. Enjoy the celebrations on June 21, and make music. Remember, we are here for you. Let us know how to serve you best!

The Scientific Basis of Music Therapy | Music for Wellness 2/30
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Father Summits Across Texas

Galveston

FSC Galveston Fatherhood will be conducting their Fatherhood Summit called Father Fest on Saturday May 21, 2022. There is no registration process for this, and fathers and families can just show up to attend. Learn More


Houston

DePelchin Children's Center's "Dad's Make a Difference" Summit will take place on Friday, June 10th and Saturday June 11th.

  • Day One will host fathers and professionals around the community to provide topics and discussion around father's rights, co-parenting, and empowering fathers through various services around the state. Networking and resource opportunities will also be offered throughout the day.
  • Day Two is devoted to fathers, co-parents, and their children. Families will hear from other inspiring fathers and professionals who are committed to helping fathers reach their greatest potential as a dad. Children in attendance on Day Two will get to participate in a variety of fun activities to promote family engagement and play. For questions or inquiries, contact Joshua Williams at 713-245-9859.

Register Now


Killeen

The STARRY Father Fest Conference on June 10-11th is open to educators, service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being. The 2022 conference theme is “BUILDING STRONG DADS.”

The conference will be offering 4 hours of CEUs for LPC, LPC Associate, LMFT, LMFT Associate, LMSW, and LCSW. Register Now

Upcoming Trainings

Additional Training Opportunities

SEL4MA - Virtual Interactive Program

June 2 & 9: develop a clear rationale why successful SEL implementation depends on social justice and equity; assess the current state of SEL in service of social justice and equity; gain new insights and resources for implementation

National Center to Improve SEL and School Safety

Upcoming free webinars on June 2nd (Equitable Environments & Relationships/Tier 1) and on June 9 (What Racism Costs Everyone). Follow the link and register for the event of your choice.

Youth Suicide Research Consortium

Third National Conference - Virtual and Free on June 3rd.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Download Suicide Prevention resources from Texas Health & Human Services webpage.

TASP Summer Institute Information

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

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.

https://tinyurl.com/TIERcourses

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Information & Inspiration

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4 Ways to End-the-School-Year Meaningfully

Check it out for some ideas - if you are still in session.

Upcoming National Mental Health Lifeline

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country. On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code, offering an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline. The vision for 988 is to have additional crisis services available in communities across the nation, much the way emergency medical services work.

As 988 rolls out across the country it is vital that the unique needs of children, youth and young adults are considered to ensure that crisis response services are not traumatizing for children, services are age and developmentally appropriate, and services stabilize the situation to keep children in their homes and with their families.

Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction

Oklahoma Christian University is now offering a fully accredited Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, powered by BloomBoard’s micro-credentials.

LSSP: Evaluation Tool & Job Sample

These tools are available to the public at our TASP website.

NASP on School Psychological Services Excellence

Consider applying for this award. It will recognize your district in 4 different levels. Katy ISD has earned the highest rating in our state of Texas.

What Works Clearing House

Practice Guide: Reducing Problems Behaviors in the Elementary Classroom: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/4

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI)

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

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What is Self-Regulation? A free Webinar

Social Thinking is providing this free webinar. Enjoy!

Supporting Emotion Regulation in Early Childhood
ESC 6 PLUSS

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.

The Science of Happiness

A free introductory virtual course.

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What is Positive Psychology?

The Science of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness

"Happiness has three dimensions that can be cultivated: - the Pleasant Life … positive emotions, pleasure … feeling more - the Good Life … togetherness, engagement … contributing more - the Meaningful Life … fulfilment, meaning … achieving more

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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.

Toward Nonexclusionary Discipline - Research

Improving Racial Equity in School Discipline through Culturally Responsive SEL

Love First, Then School.

Amid traumas, this N.J. teacher fosters a supportive classroom

Love, no matter what | Andrew Solomon

Parents Corner

Resources to Help our Kids Thrive by Child Mind

A move, a divorce, a new school — big changes are never easy. Sometimes, kids have strong emotional responses that seem out of proportion to the change they’re experiencing. They may develop anxiety, depression, or new behavior issues that cause problems at home and at school. These kinds of reactions to stress are called adjustment disorders, and they are some of the most common mental health challenges in young people.

This week on childmind.org we have tips on recognizing adjustment disorders and supporting kids who are dealing with them. Adjustment disorders are usually temporary, but it’s still important to take kids’ feelings seriously and get help if needed. We also have ideas for helping children and teenagers through common stressful transitions, from getting a new sibling to starting college.

- Hannah Sheldon-Dean, Staff Writer

Summer Activities for Texas Youth

Texas Youth Action Network has compiled a list of activities across the state that are available this summer. With activities focusing on art, nature, science, and more, these ideas are accessible for youth and mentors.

How to manage parenting stress: Connie Leon
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.

Texas Project First

By parents, for parents, in English and Spanish.

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

TOP FATHER'S DAY HITS 2021 | TOP 30 FATHER'S DAY SONGS || BEST ENGLISH MUSIC PLAYLIST 2021
London Symphony Orchestra ♫ The Symphonic Beatles Play ♫ The Best of The Beatles 🎸 HD/HQ

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