Today's classrooms are busy, dynamic and complex. As a part of staying well in the teaching profession, it is important to be able to address these more complex classrooms with confidence and successful strategies. During this workshop, I will present suggestions about setting the stage for success. We will talk about how to create a strong foundation for all students through building a successful classroom. Through a trauma informed lens, we will look at both the importance and the “how to” of building relationships with our students, we will look at the important features to consider in your classroom ecology and finally, we will talk about the notion that behavior is communication. There will be many strategies and resources presented in this workshop to address challenging behavior, mental health (of both yourself and your students) and self regulation strategies that you can teach both class-wide and individually to students.