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The foundation for all of the practices in the Pyramid Model are the systems and policies necessary to ensure a workforce able to adopt and sustain these evidence-based practices.

The Role of the Leadership Team

Frances Clark, Ed.D,. Coordinator Special Programs, West Virginia Department of Education discusses the reasons that Marion County was selected for Pyramid Model implementation.

Gia Deasy, Special Services Director for Marion County Schools, West Virginia, shares her thoughts about the role of the leadership team in Pyramid Model Implementation.

Some Leadership Team Members Describe the Outcomes of the Model

JoDonna Burdoff, Autism Liaison for Marion County Schools, describes some outcomes of the Pyramid Model that she has seen in Marion County.

Linda Bond, Early Childhood Special Educator, describes some outcomes of the Pyramid Model that she has seen in Marion County.

Gia Deasy, Special Services Director for Marion County Schools, describes some outcomes of the Pyramid Model that she has seen in Marion County.

Helen Post Brown, Owner/Director of Sunbeam Childcare Center, describes some outcomes of the Pyramid Model that she has seen in her center.

It’s a Program-wide Effort: A Teacher’s Perspective-Part 1

Wendy Wells, a teacher at Head Start, describes how all staff are on board with Pyramid Model implementation

It’s a Program-wide Effort: A Teacher’s Perspective-Part 2

Wendy Wells, a teacher at Head Start, discusses the benefits of implementing the Pyramid Model

A Commitment to an Effective Workforce in Marion County

  • In Marion County, West Virginia all early childhood programs are implementing the Pyramid Model
  • Pyramid Model implementation is referred to by West Virginia as “EC-PBS”. This links the early childhood work to the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) effort in K-12 schools
  • The county-wide effort is guided by a county level leadership team with representation from the public schools, Head Start, and child care.

Marion County's Dream

  • Pervasive evidence of EC PBS implemented with fidelity across early childhood sites.
  • All children have access to an environment of success that provides a high quality early childhood experience.
  • Relationship between home, school and community is recognized as important and facilitated in a positive and productive manner for families.
  • The Pyramid Model will be the structure for a system of support and intervention for young children in early childhood environments.

Leadership Team Comments

“Teachers get on board and are empowered with some real skills to use, their self-confidence really goes up and you know, that makes their job much more pleasant. But also some of them have commented, Now I can teach.”

“You know, getting the administrator to be trained in this. That’s the biggest part I think for sustainability for us. Our administrators get trained in it and that they finally make that shift and realize that those pre-K children are their children.”

“The thing that I’ve noticed was just when I’ve been in various classrooms is just the, the children’s ability to solve conflict and to work together."