Free Training for All Texas School Employees

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).

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.

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).

“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 Basics:

  • Training Length: 2 hours
  • Format: Online
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Staff Tracking: Score and Completion Tracking Available for Online
  • CPE: TEA-approved for 2 credit hours*
*Applies to Teachers, Superintendents, Principals, Coaches, Athletic Trainers, School Counselors, School Librarians, Reading Specialists, and Educational Diagnosticians

Why Choose Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®?

  • It is a free training available to all Texas school districts and open-enrollment charter school employees.
  • It is the only nationally available, scientifically evaluated prevention training program of it’s 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, experts advice, and practical guidance.
  • It offers convenience and ease of use for districts through online individual training.
  • 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.

Online Training

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.

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

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.

“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