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FREE Training for All Texas School Employees

Helping school personnel prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse

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Why Choose Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children?
Getting Started: Online and Facilitator-Led Training Options
School and District Personnel Resources

 

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent issue children face today. It can have devastating, long-term consequences for both victims and communities.

As mandated reporters, educators and other school staff must remain aware and educated on the topic of child abuse. School personnel play an important role in child abuse reporting. In fact, school personnel identify 52% of all identified child abuse cases classified as causing harm to the child, more than any other profession or organizational type, including child protective services
agencies and the police (Sedlak et al., 2010).

As such, Texas law requires that all school employees participate in a training concerning prevention techniques for and recognition of sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children (TEC § 38.0041).

"Educators have a moral imperative to foster and promote an educational climate
where students are physically and emotionally safe. Stewards of Children provides
educators with proactive tools that enable them to recognize the warning signs and
to implement preventative best practices."
- Debra Mahfouz Jordan, Ed. D., Junior High Principal, Region V



Why choose Darkness to Light's
Stewards of Children®?

  • It is a free training available to all Texas school district and open-enrollment charter school employees.
  • It is the only nationally available, scientifically evaluated prevention training program of its kind.
  • Its evidence-informed platform addresses the needs of geographically and socioeconomically diverse campuses of all sizes.
  • It takes a compassionate, engaging approach to child sexual abuse prevention using a combination of survivor stories, expert
    advice, and practical guidance.
  • It offers convenience and ease of use for districts through online individual training, facilitator-led group sessions, and train the trainer opportunities.
  • It provides the ability to track, monitor, and maintain training records for all school personnel as required by Texas law (TEC § 38.0041(d)).
  • It may be provided in coordination with partnering districts, Education Service Centers (ESCs), Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs), and other community organizations to strengthen local training efforts.
  • It is approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
  • It provides administrators, faculty, and staff with the knowledge and tools to effectively recognize and respond to child sexual abuse.




Getting Started

THE BASICS

  • Training Length: 2 hours
  • Format: Online or Facilitator-led
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Staff Tracking: Score and Completion Tracking Available
  • CPE: TEA-approved for 2 credit hours*

*Applies to Teachers, Superintendents, Principals, Coaches, Athletic Trainers, School Counselors, School Librarians, Reading Specialists, and Educational Diagnosticians

Depending on the needs of your school or district, D2L's Stewards of Children training can be taken both online or
in-person.

1. ONLINE TRAINING OPTION

The online format allows school personnel to take the training at any time or place, at a pace of their choosing. The Learning Management System (LMS) platform provides check-in questions throughout the course, and a printable certificate is provided upon the successful completion of all sections. This version is delivered in an individual, rather than group, setting.

Stewards of Children Online FAQ

Texas Educator Stewards of Children Online User Guide 

Select your region and district using the link below to take Stewards of Children online. You will then be taken to your training page for registration.

CLICK HERE TO SELECT YOUR REGION 



Administrators - Do you want to track online trainings for your district or school?

Administrators who would like to be able to track online trainings and access reports with registrations, scores, and training dates for their district or school can e-mail Stewards@D2L.org with a contact name, e-mail address, region number, district name, and/or school name. A D2L representative will then be in contact within two business days to discuss the next steps and help set up a tracking account.


2. FACILITATOR-LED TRAINING OPTION

The facilitator-led format utilizes a live, in-person group session guided by a Darkness to Light authorized facilitator. Your district or campus may arrange to have a facilitator train staff at a pre-determined campus location, or you may choose to have someone on your staff become authorized as a facilitator. An authorized facilitator on staff will then be able to work with Darkness to Light to ensure that new school personnel are trained as required, and to help ensure sustainability of training for all future employees.

E-mail Stewards@D2L.org to arrange a group training or inquire about train the trainer opportunities for your district or campus.

"Awareness is the key to prevention, and Stewards of Children was just the right
program to bring to our school district. Darkness to Light helped our staff learn the signs
of child sexual abuse, along with great prevention and response strategies."
- Lauren Buckley, District Counselor, Region V



 

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Policy Service Model Student Handbook has information and resources on child abuse and maltreatment. TASB Policy Service includes child abuse and neglect reporting policies at TASB policy code FFG. Visit TASB - Freedom from Abuse, Discrimination, and Bullying for more information.

Detailed information on the responsibilities and the process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect is accessible on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website. Resources include tools and information specifically designed for school personnel, such as Reporting Abuse/Neglect: A Guide for School Professionals.