Central/Western Regional Update – August 14, 2020

Happy Friday from the Central/Western CS TAC!

NYS Pick

This resource describes the NYS Trauma Informed Network‘s goal, “to support champions of trauma responsive practices across the state with improved connection and access to quality resources.”

Check out: the TRUST-S (Trauma Responsive Understanding Self-Assessment Tool for Schools). This self assessment can be used for initial baseline data and periodic progress monitoring to promote use of trauma-sensitive educational practices.


CS TAC Resources Page Pick

NIRN’s The Hexagon Tool:

I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of the most well received tools in our region. Located on our MTSS-initiative alignment resources page, this tool from the National Implementation Research Network, is used by teams to assess and evaluate “best fit” of current and new initiatives.


Meg says: “Those of you who know me, know some of my favorite questions include the words ‘capacity,’ ‘alignment’ and ‘evidence.’ By the end of this assessment, teams will know if the initiative is ‘right’ for their needs.”

Tool/Training Pick

Best Practices in Universal Screening for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes: An Implementation Guide

This tool offers the reader a comprehensive overview of considerations and best practices when considering universal screening for social, emotional and behavioral outcomes. Best of all, it reviews how to examine screening tools for technical adequacy, useability & feasibility, contextual appropriateness, and legal & ethical considerations.


 NY Schools Pick

This week I’m linking you to New York’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative (MBK). A federal task force begun in 2014 by President Obama, MBK focuses on “closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential.”

New York enacted the initiative into law in 2016-2017 and established a community network, grants programs, and an annual symposium.


Meg says: “I encourage you to head to their dedicated page and sign up for their monthly newsletter.”

Do you have a community school story that you would like featured in our blog and e-newsletter?

Email Liz Anderson at cstac@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-9383.