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Non-ISD partner access to ApplyTexas Counselor Suite

Charter or private schools wishing to obtain access to this resource must first establish an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For more information, please e-mail diana.foose@thecb.state.tx.us.

Statewide School Safety Plan highlights relating to school counselors

  • Recommendation: Prioritize the importance of the mental and behavioral health needs of students by freeing up counselors to focus on those needs, encourage school district’s to add more counselors at the campus level, and appropriate funds to fill in gaps.
  • "The strategy I most strongly encourage the Legislature to consider is greater investment in mental health – especially crisis intervention counselors. As long as mental health challenges trouble our children, there will never be enough safety barriers we can build to protect our students. If, however, we can address the mental health challenges faced by some of our students, it will do more than make our schools safer, it will build a better future for those troubled students and for our state." - Governor Greg Abbott

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings @ ESC 11 - MULTIPLE TRAINING DATES THIS FALL


  • Mental Health First Aid is part of the Texas Governor's Statewide School Safety Plan. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour, evidence-based program designed to develop the skills to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. The program was created in 2001 by an Australian nurse specializing in health education. This program is often compared to CPR training. A person with no clinical training learns to assist a person experiencing a mental health situation until a trained person arrives. Click the form below to sign up for one of these excellent trainings that support district- and campus-level safety and emergency response plans.
  • Click the form below to register.
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SAVE THE DATE! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 - ESC 11 School Safety and Security Conference

Be watching your e-mail and our ESC 11 social media sites for more information and registration links.

ESC 11 has a Crisis Support Team. Did you know?

Emergencies and crises sometimes happen. In these instances, ESC 11 is ready to support you.


The ESC 11 Crisis Support Team is an organized, trained group of professionals who can be deployed free of charge to work together with district personnel as they implement their district’s crisis management plan. While it is important for districts to implement their own plans and engage their own staff in providing appropriate response services, under some circumstances, the assistance offered by the ESC 11 Crisis Support Team may be necessary to support the long- and short-term, on- and off-site management of tasks such as:

  • Obtaining temporary or permanent meeting facilities,
  • Problem-solving and logistical planning,
  • Large- and small-group counseling,
  • Technical support,
  • Communications support, and
  • Clerical, office, MOU, RFP, contract, and procurement assistance.

Need more information? Contact Matt Joiner (mjoiner@esc11.net, 940-399-8120 cell).

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Don't miss these great learning opportunities

  • Make plans now to attend these outstanding personal, professional, and student development opportunities!
  • All trainings are open to all attendees - regardless of geographic location and/or education service center provider.


Please take a moment to:

  • Add these events to your calendar;
  • Start the requisition process for a purchase order (if required by your district) for the payment of registration fees (only for some events - many are free!); and
  • Forward this e-mail to your colleagues to help us spread the word!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 9AM-4PM - College Board Secondary Counselor Training

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 9AM-12PM - ESC 10 and ESC 11 College Prep Course Collaborative Meeting

  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about how ESC 11 is working with local districts, charters, and higher education partners to develop courses that will allow students to become TSI compliant in reading, writing, and mathematics upon high school graduation.
  • Registration link: https://ontrac.esc11.net//session.asp?sess_Num=022540&Wksp_Num=013038
  • Watch your e-mail for updates, details, and other info regarding this event.
  • E-mail mjoiner@esc11.net for more information

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 8:30AM-1:30PM - First-Annual Lone Star Counselor Association Leadership Summit

  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • The Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) and The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) present this leadership summit for all school counselor leaders across the state of Texas. Join us for a dynamic leadership session entitled "Helping Students Cope with Emotional Turbulence & Anxiety" featuring Dr. Russell Sabella.

  • Take a moment now to join this excellent organization! https://www.lonestarstateschoolcounselor.org/
  • Only $30 per year!
  • Registration link: https://www.lonestarstateschoolcounselor.org/event-2970041
  • Fee: $45 pre-registration, $65 on-site

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:30AM-4:00PM - Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Location: Decatur Independent School District, Support Services Training Room, 403 S. Hill St., Decatur, TX 76234
  • Description: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an empirically backed public education and prevention tool. It improves the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid is very similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, in that MHFA was developed to provide help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. During the MHFA training, participants will learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others to cope with mental health problems.
  • Registration link: https://ontrac.esc11.net//session.asp?sess_Num=019361&Wksp_Num=011408
  • FREE!
  • A proud partnership with Helen Farabee Centers
  • Continuing Professional Education hours: 8

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 9AM-12PM - ESC 11 College Fair

  • Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to interact with 40+ college, military, and university recruiters all in one place!
  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • SCHOOL registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/ECu9IoJQilowXWe92
  • RECRUITER registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/8Al4aNHOyeKjpCLA3
  • FREE!
  • Watch your e-mail for updates, details, and other info regarding this event.
  • A proud partnership with the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Admissions Regional Network

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 9AM-3PM - Second Annual K-12/Higher Education Counselor’s Summit

  • Share your expertise! Be a breakout session speaker! Complete the short proposal form found HERE.
  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • Description: Join us as we collaborate for an exciting day of professional development activities designed to support elementary, secondary, and higher education counselors and their students. Multiple breakout sessions, ones focusing on higher education connections and student support, will be presented. Opportunities for networking and collaborating with colleagues will be incorporated.
  • Registration link: https://ontrac.esc11.net//session.asp?sess_Num=018926&Wksp_Num=011121
  • Fee: ESC 11 contracted districts - FREE; All others - Log into your OnTrac account to see fees
  • A proud partnership with the North Texas Community College Consortium
  • Continuing Professional Education hours: 6

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 9AM-4PM - Psychological First Aid

  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • Description: The field of school safety and emergency management has evolved significantly over the past decade. Tragically, acts of violence, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks have taught us many lessons. We also know that other types of emergencies can impact schools, including medical emergencies, transportation accidents, sports injuries, peer victimization, public health emergencies, and the sudden death of a member of the school community. We now recognize the need for school emergency management plans that are up-to-date and take an “all-hazards” approach with clear communication channels and procedures that effectively reunite parents and caregivers with students. We have also learned that preparing school administrators, teachers, and school partnering agencies before a critical event is crucial for effective response, the value of ongoing training and emergency exercises, and that having intervention models that address the public health, mental health, and psychosocial needs of students and staff is essential to a safe school environment and the resumption of learning.
  • Registration link: https://ontrac.esc11.net//session.asp?sess_Num=020978&Wksp_Num=012409
  • FREE
  • E-mail mjoiner@esc11.net for more information
  • A proud partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Center for PTSD, and Education Service Center Region 2

  • Continuing Professional Education hours: 8

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 9AM-4PM - Human Trafficking: Keeping Our Students Safe

  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • Description: Wondering if human trafficking affects your students? Want to learn the signs to watch for and how to help? Looking for anti-trafficking resources for your school or classroom? Please join us for an all-day training on human trafficking as it relates to students and schools. You'll leave with an in-depth knowledge of human trafficking, signs to watch for, and how to access services for your students. Learn how to empower your school's faculty, parents, and students to fight trafficking, reduce vulnerabilities, promote online safety, and support survivors.
  • Registration link: Forthcoming

  • Fee: ESC 11 contracted districts - FREE; All others - Log into your OnTrac account to see fees
  • E-mail mjoiner@esc11.net for more information

  • A proud partnership with Alliance for Children, Fort Worth Police Department Human Trafficking Unit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and UnBound

  • Speakers: Lindsey Dula, Alliance for Children; Officer Rivard, Fort Worth Police Department Human Trafficking Unit; Meghan C. Zuraw, JD, Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Nicole Chaffee, UnBound; Sonya Brooks, UnBound; Dr. Shannon Wolf, LPC-S

  • Continuing Professional Education hours: 6

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (all day) - CTE Education Pathways Summit

  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Stay tuned for details!
  • Email mjoiner@esc11.net for more information

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 8AM-3PM - College Board AP (Advanced Placement) Coordinator Workshop

  • Location: ESC Region 11, 1451 S. Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX 76108
  • Description: The College Board provides K-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators with professional development resources and services to engage students in high-level learning. The organization’s aim is to ensure that every middle and high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts that are needed to succeed in college.
  • Registration link: http://eventreg.collegeboard.org/d/hgqwyv
  • E-mail mjoiner@esc11.net for more information

Thursday, December 6 - Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Statewide Parental Involvement Conference “One Team, One Dream” - Frisco, TX

Conference Website: http://www.implanners.com/parents/

Conference Registration flyer: http://www.implanners.com/parents/pdfs/Conference-Registration-Page.pdf

  • $160 per person until 10/19
  • $185 per person 10/20 – 11/15
  • $300 per person after 11/15

Pre-conference Registration flyer: http://www.implanners.com/parents/pdfs/Pre-Conference-Registration-Page.pdf

  • $100 per person until 10/19
  • $130 per person 10/20 – 11/15
  • $250 per person after 11/15

Online Registration: https://www.implanners.com/parents/register.php

Host Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, Frisco, TX. (972) 712-7200, code R16, $120 per night. http://www.implanners.com/parents/content.php?op=page&cmsid=4


For more information go to the website or contact me.

Mark your calendars for SAT School days!

  • March 7, March 21, April 10, April 24
  • More information can be obtained HERE.

Online Trainings - Train at Your Own Pace

Important Texas OnCourse Update

Texas OnCourse and the Texas Workforce Commission have developed a new resource to help educators support students with special needs, particularly as they transition from high school to college and the workforce.


The resource, a new training module contained within the Texas OnCourse Academy, includes comprehensive, trustworthy information and resources on:

· assisting students and families in understanding pre-employment transition services (pre-ETS)

· helping students identify the difference between high school, college, and workplace accommodations

· available financial aid and benefits

· best practices for helping students prepare for postsecondary and workforce training programs


The Texas OnCourse Academy is an on-demand professional learning platform. It is free and available to all educators in Texas.


To access the training, register or log in to the Texas OnCourse Academy and click on “Transition Services for Students with Disabilities,” listed under “Specialties” in the menu you’ll see on the right.

Watch your e-mail for additional College Board training events!

  • SAT Preparation/Khan Academy Resources
  • English/Language Arts/Mathematics Pre-AP Readiness
  • Click the image below for more information

Watch your e-mail for additional Grace Counseling collaborative training events!

  • Continuing education units (CEU for licensed professional counselors) and/or continuing professional education (CPE for school counselors) will be awarded for each of these events.
  • Click the image below for more information

Watch your e-mail for additional North Texas Community College Consortium collaborative training events!

Watch your e-mail for additional MHMR Tarrant County collaborative training events!

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ESC 11 is proud to partner with:

Click logo to be linked to their website.

Do you know Aunt Bertha?

Aunt Bertha is a WEBSITE designed to allow you to search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. This resource could be a big help to you as you look for ways to serve the needs of your students and their families.

Good numbers to include in your correspondences with students and/or parents


  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK
  • National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE
  • MHMR Care Call Center 1-817-335-3022
  • Crisis Hotline Text HOME to 741741

Check out our website!

Join us on SLACK for REAL-TIME interaction with your peers!

  • CTE stakeholders - click HERE.
  • Counseling stakeholders - click HERE.
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