February 2013 In this Issue...
What is the Pyramid Plus Approach?
The Pyramid Plus Approach embeds inclusion practices along the entire developmental continuum (Birth - 5 years) within the Pyramid Model framework. How does the Pyramid Plus Approach relate to the Pyramid Model?
This approach builds on the work of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
, the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI)
, the SpecialQuest
approach and materials, Building Blocks
and other evidenced-based initiatives. Who does Pyramid Plus serve?
The goal of the Pyramid Plus Center
is to increase the use of evidence-based, early childhood social emotional and inclusive practices in early care and education settings, including family child care and in-home providers.
For more information...
For further information on Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion
, visit our website at www.pyramidplus.org
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook! Upcoming Events
Meet Norwood! A Pyramid Plus Certified Demonstration Site
Norwood, Colorado is located in the southwestern region of the state. It sits on a plateau with views of the Colorado San Juan mountain range as well as the Utah La Salle Mountains. The population of the town is slightly over 500 residents and is approximately 7 hours driving distance from Denver.
Prime Time Early Learning Center (serving children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old) and the Norwood School District Preschool has been learning and implementing the Pyramid Model since 2007. Through the years the center has received numerous trainings in their local region as well as in Denver. Norwood was rewarded with their certificate from the Pyramid Plus Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion as a demonstration site and Pyramid Plus Partner in Spring 2012.
This fall Norwood was busy educating others on the work of
implementing the Pyramid Plus Approach. On October 4, 2012, Norwood hosted their third annual Roll Out party for the families who are enrolled in their program. This roll out event provided families with information and resources on how to increase positive attention to their children opposed to focusing on the negative behaviors. Each family that participated received the children’s book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” and a 30 day Bucket Filling Challenge. On October 8, 2012, Norwood completed the first of 4 webinars in the Pyramid Plus Demonstration Site series, titled “Let the Good Times… Roll Out”. The training focused on history of Norwood’s Roll Out events including lessons learned (what has worked and areas to improve). This webinar is posted on the Pyramid Plus website
for public viewing.
On October 23, 2012, Norwood hosted their certification celebration party guests included school district administration, Dave Crews (superintendent) and Bill Nickels (principal); Michelle Barkemeyer, current school board member; Marty Hollingbeck, previous school board member; Cathy James, director of Bright Futures Early Childhood Council; Patti Grafmeyer, town administrator; Gretchen Wells, Town Clerk; Annie Johnson, San Miguel County Social Services; Patti Willardson, program director of Bal Swan Children’s Center; and Pyramid Plus Staff members, Phil Strain, Barbara Smith, Geneva Hallett, Robin Levy-Conti, Jessica Carroll, and Johanna Berry Wasser. This gracious event included the presents of students and their families as well. One of the parents stated that her child (age 5) is the “most socially competent person in our entire house hold (including two teenagers and two adults)”. She included by saying “he is able to prompt us when we need to stop and think.” Later she stated that she is confident that her child will be ready for kindergarten based on his social emotional fluency.
On November 14, 2012, Nikki McCluer (Norwood Preschool Lead Teacher) and Johanna Berry Wasser (Pyramid Plus TA for Norwood) joined the Pyramid Plus State Team members in Denver to review the history and current work being done in this program and community. McCluer’s presentation included hands on examples of prompts and supports teachers
use to implement the Pyramid Model and inclusion practices in their classrooms, from infancy to kindergarten age.
Sharon Perry, infant and toddler lead teacher, reflects “The number one issue that teachers experience is how to discipline children with challenging behavior. At first I was doubtful of the Pyramid Model and its approach to addressing problem behavior. How could I possibly redirect an infant or toddler without using the words, Stop, Don’t or No? My first professional development plan with my coach was to increase my positive comments to negative comments and stating what I want to children to do verses what not to do. WOW, this made such a huge impact in my classroom management in stopping unwanted behaviors (such as climbing on objects, screaming, taking toys from peers, etc.). Instead of saying, “don’t take your friends toy”, I say “my turn” or “its Joey’s turn”. I find that very young children, even infants, understand when the direction is stated in this manner verses punishing the child for their behavior.”
Norwood will continue to spread their experience with implementing the Pyramid Plus Approach at this year’s 10th Annual NTI Addressing Challenging Behavior conference in Clearwater, FL. Heather Montonati (program director and Certified Coach), Robin Snyder (school district preschool teacher and Certified Trainer), Kristen Parrino (preschool teacher and coach certification candidate), Virginia Kile (Certified Coach and Trainer), and Johanna Berry Wasser (Pyramid Plus Technical Assistant) will present “Life is a Highway: Sitting in the Driver’s Seat of Program Wide Implementation”.
Pyramid Plus Center Workshops at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference in Denver Join us!
The Pyramid Plus Center staff will be offering three training sessions at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference. For detailed descriptions of the workshops and registration information please visit www.ecconference.com
. We look forward to seeing you there. Pre-Conference Training: Leadership Strategies and Teaming with Programs and Communities Geneva Hallett, Robin Levy-Conti
Date: Thursday February 28th, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver Parent Training - Positive Solutions for Families Laurie Fowler Beckel, Robin Levy-Conti
Date: Friday March 1st, 2013
Time: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Pyramid Plus: An Introduction to the Community Johanna Berry Wasser, Jessica Carroll
Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2013
When: 8:30a.m.-11:45a.m. Who should attend these trainings?
Administrators, coaches, trainers, teachers, child care providers, mental health consultants, early intervention providers and other health professionals.