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This resource page provides training activities, workshops to download, and resources you might find valuable for training on Pyramid Model content from TACSEI staff and trainers in the field.  

Training Activities to Try

Feeling Face Workshop Check In

  1. Buy or print out feeling face cards that portray children in a variety of expressions. You can do a search on Google to find a variety of options.
  2. Include them with workshop materials or place them at participants’ seats.  When you do introductions, have each person introduce themselves and then share an experience that relates to the feeling face on the photo.
    For example,” I’m Lisa and (showing the photo card) this is frustrated.  I get frustrated when my list of work is longer that what I have time to finish.”
  3. If you have a big crowd, this activity can be done at the table.
  4. Collect the cards to use again.

The Answer is Inside

  1. Take a brown paper bag and place a mirror on the bottom of the bag. It should be at least  5” x 10” in size.
  2. Close the bag and fasten with a binder clip.
  3. Put a large sign on the outside of the back that says “The Answer”. 
  4. Keep the bag at the front of the room for the entire workshop.  If folks ask to see what is in the bag, let them know that the answer will be revealed at the end of the day or end of the workshop (or when they turn in their evaluation). 
  5. When they look in the bag, they will see that “The Answer” is them.  The answer to promoting young children’s social competence and addressing challenging behavior begins with the adult.

Needs Assessment and Action Planning

The forms below are great to use in Pyramid Model training workshops. There is one for each level of the Pyramid Model that relates to the preschool Pyramid Model practices. 

  1. At the beginning of a workshop, have the participant review the practice implementation checklist and identify the practices that are strengths and the practices that could be improved or expanded. 
  2. At the end of the workshop, have the participant identify the practices that she will focus on for implementation using the implementation planning form.
  • Practice Implementation Checklist: Responsive CaregivingPractice Implementation Checklist: Responsive Caregiving
    This checklist provides you with specific caregiving strategies to use with children, with families, and with staff and other service providers.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Implementation Planning Form: Responsive CaregivingImplementation Planning Form: Responsive Caregiving
    The Implementation Planning Form provides you with a form to record your ideas, determine how you might use the implementation guide ideas, or implement your own ideas within targeted areas. You may want to complete this form with your Technical Assistance provider.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Practice Implementation Checklist: High Quality EnvironmentsPractice Implementation Checklist: High Quality Environments
    This checklist provides you with specific ways to create high quality environments through schedules and routines, classroom design, promoting engagement, transitions, and expectations and rules.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Implementation Planning Form: High Quality EnvironmentsImplementation Planning Form: High Quality Environments
    The Implementation Planning Form provides you with a form to record your ideas, determine how you might use the implementation guide ideas, or implement your own ideas within targeted areas. You may want to complete this form with your Technical Assistance provider.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Practice Implementation Checklist: Social Emotional Teaching StrategiesPractice Implementation Checklist: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies
    This checklist provides you with specific social emotional teaching strategies in the areas of friendship skills, emotional literacy, and problem solving.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Implementation Planning Form: Targeted Social Emotional SupportsImplementation Planning Form: Targeted Social Emotional Supports
    The Implementation Planning Form provides you with a form to record your ideas, determine how you might use the implementation guide ideas, or implement your own ideas within targeted areas. You may want to complete this form with your Technical Assistance provider.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Practice Implementation Checklist: Individualized InterventionsPractice Implementation Checklist: Individualized Interventions
    This checklist provides you with specific items to do when you are conducting a functional behavior assessment and developing a behavior support plan in conjuction with an individualized intervention.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.
  • Implementation Planning Form: Individualized InterventionsImplementation Planning Form: Individualized Interventions
    The Implementation Planning Form provides you with a form to record your ideas, determine how you might use the implementation guide ideas, or implement your own ideas within targeted areas. You may want to complete this form with your Technical Assistance provider.
    Trouble downloading? Read this document online.

 

Let’s Be On Time!

  • Let's Be On Time! PowerPoint ToolLet's Be On Time! Powerpoint Tool
    Use this timed PowerPoint to help keep your group meetings and breaks on time. It’s really helpful for the trainer who might lose track of time. Just set it to the minute you want and let it count down.


Do You Have Ideas You Would Like to Share?

If you would like to share an activity, workshop that you have designed, or resources that you might want us to post on the TACSEI website, please follow the instructions to submit them below. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Make and Take Workshops

Make and Take thumbnailMake and Take Workshops are workshops designed to provide information on a focused topic with the opportunity to “make and take” materials back to the classroom. Practitioners who make materials to use are much more likely to implement the strategies in their classrooms. The Make and Take materials posted on this site are for experienced Pyramid Model trainers to use. Check this page often as new workshops will be posted here periodically.

Websites with Training Resources

The following materials and web sites are very useful to use in Pyramid Model training efforts:

  • SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
    This resource supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over 5,000 participants nationwide, refined over the past ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change.
  • The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge (CONNECT)
    CONNECT is developing web-based, instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings.
  • The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
    CELL is funded to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has rich resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.  Check out the CELL videos, podcasts, presentations, training materials, and practice guides.

Presentations

The following presentations were created for individuals to use in their own programs.

Technology for Professional Development

The following resources have been highlighted in Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches, by Larry Edelman, a regular feature in our e-newsletter Updates in which Larry highlights a useful application and answers a technology-related question each month.

Do you have a question about the use of technology for professional development? Please submit it here and we may feature it in a future edition of Updates!

Image Generators

Einstein Image GeneratorRivet your audience’s attention by using creative visual images. If you want to make your PowerPoint presentations more engaging or spice up a document or web site, try using a free image generator to format your message in creative, fun, and engaging ways.

You may have seen the Einstein Chalkboard Generator where you can make it appear that Albert Einstein has written a message of your choice on a chalkboard.

There is also the The Newspaper Clipping Generator where you decide the name of the paper and the lead story. These are only two examples-there are many more on the web!

To find the right image generator for your topic and audience, simply do a web search for the phrase “image generator" or visit The Generator Blog which is one of many sites with links to hundreds of image generators. As always, use virus protection and if you are suspicious about the security of any web site, don’t use it!

Word Clouds

Word CloudA word cloud is a visual display of a set of words, tags, or the content of a web site. The importance or frequency of each word or tag is indicated by a larger size or distinctive color. Word clouds are great ways to present information and besides being informative, can be quite beautiful displays of data.

Many people are familiar with the free application Wordle for creating word clouds, but, by far, I have found that the best application (free or for-fee) for creating word clouds from either pasted text or web sites is Tagxedo. Once you play around with it for a few minutes Tagxedo is ridiculously easy to use and gives you control of every aspect of your word cloud: font, size, shape, orientation, layout, theme, color, AND output. It’s remarkable. I created the example that appears above from the TACSEI home page–it took about two minutes to create, tops. Tagxedo is totally free, although if you love it (which I do) you can make a donation to show your support.

Video Screencasting

Baby with computerVideo screencasting is a very powerful tool for producing rich videos of anything that can be displayed on your desktop along with supporting audio. A great free web-based application that works on both PCs and Macs is Screenr. It is very easy to learn how to use Screenr to create and share effective video screencasts. It can produce screencasts up to five minutes in length, which is plenty of time to effectively deliver clear, succinct content. There is no software to download – you’ll just need to create a free Twitter account (but you won’t be required to tweet!). You can use your computer’s built-in microphone while learning, but if you end up using screencasting in your work, you’ll probably want to use an external USB microphone so you can record higher quality audio.

Take a look at this demo of what you can do with Screenr and a screencast that demonstrates the basic steps in using Screenr.

You may find that the free Screenr application is all you need, or you may decide you want a more full-featured screencasting application that is also a video editing application. If that is the case, you might want to download and explore a free trial download of Camtasia which has both PC and Mac versions. Because Camtasia has a ton of features it also has a steeper learning curve, but TechSmith has done a great job providing easy-to-follow tutorials.

Larry Edelman's eXploringTech Blog

Larry EdelmanWant to learn more? Visit Larry's blog for valuable information about using technology in providing professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination. Specific examples of what you will find here include:

-Apps for Compressing MP4 Video Files

-Comparison and Recommendations for Low-cost Camcorders

-The Latest Cool (and Free!) Applications...and much, much more!

Videos

The videos described below are available on DVD and can be ordered through CSEFEL by completing and submitting this order form.

  • Promoting Social Emotional Competence VideoPromoting Social Emotional Competence was designed to provide a foundation for understanding the Teaching Pyramid as a framework for promoting young children’s social and emotional development and preventing and addressing challenging behavior. This 22-minute video is a perfect way to be introduced to and become familiar with the pyramid framework and is available with both English and Spanish open captioning. View this video online at the CSEFEL website.
  • Practical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional SkillsPractical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional Skills. This 28-minute video highlights strategies and approaches that early childhood personnel and families can use to systematically target social emotional supports that build young children’s skills in a variety of areas including making friends, problem solving, asking an adult for help, talking about feelings, and managing their emotions. The strategies rely on a 3-stage approach to supporting young children’s social emotional development by (1) introducing and practicing a skill, (2) building fluency and competency with a skill, and (3) ensuring there is maintenance of a skill. The video provides multiple examples of early childhood personnel demonstrating how to introduce a skill using a variety of tools, practice a skill through planned and unscripted activities, and maintain the skill by recognizing children for using the skill on their own. View this video online at the CSEFEL website.

CSEFEL Training Resources

  • CSEFEL What Works Briefs
    Summaries of effective practices for supporting children's social-emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors. The Briefs describe practical strategies, provide references to more information about the practice, and include a one-page handout that highlights the major points of the Brief.
  • CSEFEL Training Modules
    Available both for preschoolers or infants and toddlers, these modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with program administrators, T/TA providers, early educators, and family members about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the modules is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature.
  • CSEFEL What Works Brief Training Kits
    Based on CSEFEL's popular What Works Briefs, The What Works Brief Training Kits are short training packages that include PowerPoint slides with accompanying note pages, activities, and handouts which provide a trainer with the materials needed to conduct a short staff development program on a focused topic.