32nd Annual Texas School Social Worker Conference: February 22-24, 2023 Registration is now open for the 32nd Annual Texas School Social Worker Conference. The conference will be held in person on February 22-24, 2023, in Austin, Texas, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. This conference has been developed to give school-based service providers a wide array of effective techniques and programs to enhance their work as they meet the challenges in today’s school settings. Conference participants will gain new strategies and tools to empower children, parents, and school personnel.
Texas School Mental Health Resource Database In response to Senate Bill 11 from the 86th Texas Legislature, Education Service Centers (ESCs) worked with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to identify mental health resources that are available to schools in their respective regions. These updated resources have been captured in aTexas School Mental Health Resource Databasethat allows users to search for a variety of services, supports, and funding opportunities available to school districts to address the mental health needs of students. Users can search for resources by entering an ESC region, county, school district, or keyword (e.g., "individual counseling" or "trauma").
Advancing Behavioral Health Collaboration Summit TEA facilitated the sixth annual summit on Advancing Behavioral Health Collaboration this fall. Recordings of each session are now available to listen to online. You can access recordings of each session here: https://schoolmentalhealthtx.org/abc-summit/
. We hope you find the resources and information shared at the summit helpful to your important work supporting student mental health and wellness.
Guidance and Individual Planning
Effective Advising Framework (EAF) EAF grants are being implemented in 34 districts across the state. EAF districts are supported by EAF Coaches at their regional Education Service Centers. If you are interested in potential 2023-2024 EAF grant opportunities, please contact your regional ESC.
Changes to Educational Aide I Certification The rule actions in 19 TAC Chapter 230 regarding requirements for the Educational Aide I Certification were filed with the Texas Register on Friday, September 16, 2022, for publication in the September 30, 2022, issue and became effective October 6, 2022. The Education and Training Framework documents have been updated to reflect these changes
Need CTE courses now? The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) offers students the opportunity to access CTE courses aligned to programs of study and to put students on the path to becoming a CTE Concentrator or CTE Completer. Using the TXVSN statewide catalog, students have more opportunities to engage in a program of study to prepare them for future education and careers. For more information about the courses offered through the TXVSN, please visit the TXVSN website or email the TXVSN at https://txvsn.zendesk.com/.
Texas First Diploma In 2021 the Texas Legislature added Texas Education Code §28.0253, which establishes the Texas First Early High School Completion Program to allow public high school students who demonstrate early readiness for college to graduate early from high school. TEA will host a webinar on February 24 to provide an overview of the program and answer questions. To register, please follow the link below. Texas First Webinar
The Texas Education Agency will improve outcomes for all public school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.