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Behavior Management

Helping districts deal with the issues surrounding students with behavior/emotional disorders is the focus of this service. Staff provides on-site assistance in program development, crisis intervention procedures, assessment issues and transition from alternative settings. Regional trainings provide for staff development in the areas of behavior management plans, legal issues, positive behavior support, and non-violent crisis intervention.

Contact: Michelle Harris,

Texas Education Agency has developed behavior modules to assist campus teams in developing and implementing a wide range of behavior strategies and prevention-based interventions which meet the mandates of Senate Bill 1196. These modules can be accessed through the Education Service Center, Region 4 website at: Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) - Campus Core Team - 2011-2012 using session id 949359.  The TBSI training will provide tools to assist districts/campuses in complying with the documentation and notification requirements for the use of restraint and time-out.  The on-line TBSI training consists of approximately 6 hours of instruction, but does not include the physical restraint component.  Region 6 is committed to assisting districts and schools with their behavior needs to ensure positive behavioral outcomes.  Training and technical assistance can be designed to meet individual classroom needs, district needs, or regional needs. To obtain additional information, email Region 6 ESC Behavior Management Specialist, Michelle Harris at    

Information Resources:

The American Psychological Association provides information and resources on a wide range of topics related to mental health.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides resources related to mental health: law, issues and advocacy.

Texas Juvenile Probation Commission provides information on youth judicial issues.

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI), established in 2001 in response to Senate Bill 1196, is designed to build capacity in Texas schools for the provision of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) to all students. The goal of PBIS is to enhance the capacity of schools to educate all students, especially students with challenging behaviors, by adopting a sustained, positive, preventative instructional approach to discipline and behavior management.

The Council for Exceptional Children provides many resources for educators and parents of children with disabilities.

The National Association of School Psychologists provides numerous resources and articles relevant to  educators and psychologists on a variety of topics.

Safe and Civil Schools provides training and support to educators which is designed to foster respect and responsibility in students.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to assist schools with information and technical assistance with identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help educators and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors. 

Teacher Vision is a good resource of printables and articles to assist with classroom discipline.

Florida Positive Behavior Support Program has resources for implementing school-wide behavior interventions.


Residential Application Form and Procedures: ESC 6 submission deadline: 10/20/2014 / TEA submission deadline: 11/1/2014
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