Behavior Support



Behavior and Classroom Management

Practical Strategies and Resources that Get Results
Although our specialists take great care to embed behavior strategies into all of our instructional and academic sessions, these highlighted sessions provide specialized tools for classroom teachers and administrators to create an efficient, effective, and positive climate.


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Understanding the Crisis Intervention Cycle:
Using Best Practices to support Students During Each Phase of Escalation
April 3, 2024  |  Virtual Session

Moments of crisis can happen anywhere and at any time. Sometimes, this behavior is surprising, and one may find themselves responding in an unproductive way. In these instances, the “emotional brain” has just hijacked the “thinking brain.” Emotional reactions are normal, and they are the brain’s way of protecting you from perceived threats. Fear and anxiety play a large role in a person’s escalating behaviors. It’s important to consider the reasons why a person’s behavior may escalate.


During this session, participants will learn and practice using effective approaches to keep your “emotional brain” from taking over in stressful situations and how to maintain your own consistent, calm behavior.  Participants will identify a broad range of tools to help manage emotional responses and identify escalating behaviors in others. Learn more and register here.





Motivating the Unmotivated: Educating Students with Challenging Behaviors

April 23, 2024  |  Virtual Session

Students with challenging behaviors often feel unmotivated and demonstrate a lack of interest in classroom content. Engaging and inspiring learners who seem disinterested can feel like an impossible task. You may wonder if there is anything you can do to promote students’ engagement and motivation to learn. While there are nuances that can change from student to student, there are practical strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to increase the motivation of students. Therefore, this session will explore ways to reignite enthusiasm in even the most unmotivated students.


During this session, participants will:
  • Understand why students might be unmotivated in class and learn how to boost student engagement.
  • Examine key processes for guiding and inspiring unmotivated students.
  • Learn how to build strong, trusting teacher-student relationships.
Learn more and register for this virtual session here.



Alternatives to Suspension Using Restorative Practices

June 27, 2024  |  Virtual Session


This full-day virtual session will provide practical strategies for how to address disciplinary actions using restorative practices.  A variety of activities will be used to encourage participant reflection on disciplinary mindset and practices, stakeholder support for non-exclusionary forms of discipline, and application of alternative strategies. 


This session will review policies and practices that may address Results Driven Accountability (RDA) discipline concerns by providing alternatives to traditional disciplinary practices and strategies to support their use. Learn more and register here.





Repairing Harm with Restorative Conferences

July 24, 2024  |  Virtual Session


This session will detail the steps in facilitating a restorative conference. Restorative conferences change our responses to wrongdoing in schools. They encourage your students to be active and willing participants in their own discipline—these practices don’t seek to establish unilateral punishment techniques to all students for all offenses.


By involving the victim and offender in the process when appropriate, you help reestablish connections, build relationships, and foster a sense of growth and community within your students.


This session will also review fundamental behavioral principles of positive reinforcement and behavior-specific praise to build the ultimate behavior changes desired. participants will receive materials to support the implementation of this process. Learn more and register.






Setting Up Your Behavior Classroom for Success
July 10, 2024   |  In-Person Session

The self-contained classroom is a place where special education teachers can accommodate individual students who typically exhibit the greatest learning and behavioral challenges. While these classes offer the benefit of smaller class size and higher staff-to-student ratio, the task of organizing the classroom to minimize behavior issues and maximize student learning can feel daunting. Although setting up a self-contained classroom can feel overwhelming, with the right preparation and organization, you will be able to create a positive and productive classroom environment.


During this in-person session, participants will learn the essential components needed for a successful classroom. Event will be held at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD Southwest Community Service Center. Directions available here.  Learn more and register here.



Behavior 101

On-Demand Course

Are you interested in learning about behavior theory, why students engage in certain behaviors, and how behavioral theory is at work in your classroom? If you answered "Yes" to these questions, then the Behavior 101 online course is the training for you! This online course will provide an overview of behavior theory, the functions of behavior, the types of consequences, and other important factors in addressing behaviors. The online format allows participants to work at their own pace while providing interactive learning. Following the training, participants will understand foundational behavior principles/theory, the importance of the function of behaviors, and how these concepts can be used to help staff make decisions based on addressing students’ behavioral needs.  Learn more and register here.






Experienced Behavior Staff Support Network

The Behavior Staff Support Network is designed to give experienced behavior professionals (5+ years) a way to connect with other behavior staff to learn from, network with, and support each other. During each meeting, educators will have the opportunity to share valuable resources to avoid reinventing the wheel and to share their behavior expertise to improve behavioral interventions and outcomes. Participants will also have access to the latest news, research, and other developments impacting behavior support. 





New Behavior Staff Support Program

The role of a behavior specialist, interventionist, coordinator, and coach is characterized by many essential competencies. These individuals require a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that allow them to understand student behavior, accurately collect and analyze data, create effective intervention plans, and communicate with teachers, staff, administration, and families. This program is designed to help foster the professional growth and development of school staff who support student behavior.


Individuals who are new to the role of behavior support (1-4 years) will meet to discuss:
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Classroom Observations
  • Data Collection
  • Communication
  • Goal Writing
  • Trauma and Behavior
  • Coaching and Modeling 



Main Office
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
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Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in August of 2024
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