2022 Behavior Post

August Notes From Your ESC6 Behavior Specialist

A New School Calendar

I love the beginning of a new school year! New faces, registrations, ARD meetings, new school supplies, etc. All is new, right? Are our expectations also new?

The newness that matters is not about how bright and shinny things look around us. I think that youthfulness is a mind set that few of us truly posses. Newness takes work! It takes us letting us go of the past, of our habits, of our well-settled ways of thinking.

Are we prepared to offer this to ourselves and others? To be a true, open, blank page to self and others requires intentionality. How are you viewing your horizon today? What is new in you? Shine on!

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” - Babe Ruth

Webb Space Telescope Images

For those of us that enjoy a sense of wander...

'My Teacher Loves Me' by Chicago's Very Own Rapping Teacher Dwayne Reed
August holidays and Observances

National Smile Week (August 8-14); Friendship Week (August 15-21); Be Kind to Humankind Week (August 22-28); Among others!

Upcoming Trainings

Mark Your Calendars!

2022-23 Virtual Behavior Specialist Network Dates

Mondays, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm:

  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 14
  • January 23
  • February 13
  • April 17
  • May 15

More information to come!

2022-23 Virtual Parent Lunch & Learn Series

Thursdays, from 11:30am to 12:30pm

  • September 8 - Scheduling, Stress & Self-Care by Fabiana Bezerra
  • November 17 - Navigating Mental Health by Stephanie Duer
  • January 19 - Building Independence Through Visuals by C. Biddle & M. Sharp
  • February 16 - Sexuality and the Special Education Student by Melanie Johnston
  • April 20 - Transitioning Into Summer by C. Biddle & M. Sharp
  • July 20 - Transitioning Back to School by C. Biddle & M. Sharp

More information to come!

2022-23 Virtual Behavior Strategies Mini-Series for Teachers

Mondays, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

  • September 12
  • October 17
  • November 7
  • January 30
  • February 27
  • April 10
  • May 8

More information to come!

2022-23 Virtual LSSP Series

We are working on scheduling a fantastic speaker for this series. More information to come!

Additional Training Opportunities

Project TEDD

A Train-of-Trainers opportunity for ESC6 only districts. We are looking for staff interested in taking this training. More information, please contact Stephanie.Barbre@ttu.edu

Techequity, Universal Design, and Decision Making - Webinar 2

TIER Online Courses Available Now

All Texas educators may access these courses for free on the TEALearn website and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.


PM Tool
Free Webinars for Sped Directors & Supervisors

HOT TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION - A Webinar Series Sponsored by Goalbook. In this series we’ll address the most important challenges faced by special education administrators as you meet current demands.

SMART Center 2022 Virtual Speaker Series with Drs. Walter Gilliam & Tunette Powell

Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), is a FREE mental health literacy training package including an online course, video library + resource collection, and website, that was developed by the Central East MHTTC in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health. This training package is a companion training to Classroom WISE.

In Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity WISE, educators learn how inequities in education impact student mental health and how implicit bias influences our perceptions and responses. Educators are also equipped with culturally-inclusive and equitable strategies to promote student well-being and support students experiencing adversity, distress, and mental health conditions. A free certificate of completion will be provided to participants upon fulfillment of the course requirements.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

A voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. Link to Training opportunities.

Information & Inspiration

Boys Town Free Back to School Resources

Week by Week focus on specific activities to support students' behaviors.

4 Proactive Ways to Avoid Misbehaviors from Day 1

An Edupotia brief article with some suggestions.

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NASP Adopts Resolution Regarding Policing in Schools

The important role of policing in our schools and the mental health needs of our students.

Safety Planning - A Few Ideas

Safety planning is about brainstorming ways to stay safe that may also help reduce the risk of future harm. It can include planning for a future crisis, considering your options, and making decisions about your next steps.

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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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.

Implicit Association Test

In the book Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test. Project Implicit is graciously hosting electronic versions of Blindspot’s IATs. Check yourself out. It may surprise you.

This is Equity
Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

This resource guide offers information and resources to help practitioners in health and social service systems implement best practices to engage and help families and caregivers support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.

Trust for America's Health Report

Pain in the Nation 2022: U.S. Experienced Highest Ever Combined Rates of Deaths Due to Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic - data and recommendations.

We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED
Equitable Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Click to see Texas's efforts to support students' social, emotional, and academic development for each policy area, including whether the state sets clear goals, provides equity-focused policies, guidance, and funding, and publicly reports data.

Me & My Emotions - A Free SEL Digital for Teenagers

Me & My Emotions empowers people ages 13+ by building resilience skills. Its lessons and activities are adapted for the web from The Dibble Institute’s Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience program.

Children, Teens & Suicide Loss

A great resource to help children and teens through suicide grief:

What Works Clearing House

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


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.

Parents Corner

The Little Prince narrated by Kenneth Branagh
Texas Project First

By parents, for parents, in English and Spanish.

Brené Brown's Parenting Manifesto That Moved Oprah To Tears | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN
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.

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

Instrumental Pop - Work Playlist | Productivity Music
🔴 Deep Focus 24/7 - Ambient Music For Studying, Concentration, Work And Meditation

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