PYRAMID PLUS:   THE COLORADO CENTER   FOR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL   COMPETENCE AND   INCLUSIONAn Introduction for
Special Thanks to Pyramid PlusFundersDepartment of Human Services   Division of Child Care   Division for Developmental ...
Local Community Funders and     Supporters•   2009-ECC & RE1J awarded $10,000 over 4 yrs    from CDE for TA to support pre...
Presentation Objectives•   Participants will understand the history and    role of The Pyramid Plus Center•   Participants...
Pyramid Plus Center OverallGoalto ensure the high fidelity implementation in  early care and education services of two  na...
Pyramid Plus Center Objectives1.   Support state collaboration, interagency teams       Support state policy team       Pa...
Prevalence Data•   Faculty in higher education early childhood    programs report that their graduates are least    likely...
Colorado - Fiscal Factors•   In Colorado, it costs $433 for one year of    mental health consultation (prevention plus    ...
Colorado Statistics•   In Colorado it is estimated that 10 in every 10,000    children under the age of six are removed fr...
Colorado StatisticsOf Colorado‟s 350,000 children under the age of 6, approximately 31,500 are estimated to have serious e...
Why is This Important toImplement in My Community?•   Do you believe these 2 national models are    important to implement...
Community Data•   2009 ECC Community Assessment: 500    licensed child care spots for 1,000 children    aged 0-5; CMH repo...
From Pyramid Model toPyramid Plus Center inColorado 2001, US Head Start and Child Care Bureaus funded  the Center on Soci...
Pyramid Work History(continued)   2008 – 2009, Colorado Partnership for Families and    Children funded by Buell Foundati...
Recent Pyramid Plus Center 2010, Pyramid Plus received a grant from The Colorado  Health Foundation; a three year extensi...
Community History with     Pyramid Work•   Fall ‟09-Discussion began b/w ECC & RE1J w/ TA    from CDE & PPC•   Mar ‟10-ECC...
Pyramid Plus Center Values   Our Technical Assistance (TA) efforts must be based on the best    available evidence and be...
Pyramid Model for Promoting Social EmotionalCompetence and Addressing ChallengingBehavior Intervention Children with inten...
Pivotal Concepts   Tiered approaches that promote outcomes for all children    (Pyramid Model, Inclusion Model, TA Model)...
Evidence-based PracticesTACSEI definition: interventions and supports that have research  documenting their effectiveness...
Fidelity   Fidelity of implementation is the extent to which an    intervention (including its content and process) is   ...
Pyramid Plus TechnicalAssistance (TA) ApproachTiered:   Universal: available to anyone = website, information    resource...
Pyramid Plus Approach:UniversalWebsite - www.pyramidplus.org  •   Pyramid Plus Center Staff Information  •   State Team Me...
NEW: Pyramid Plus Approach  Training Modules Program Pyramid Plus ApproachTarget       Pyramid       Classroom Teachers, P...
Pyramid Plus Approach
Community Data•   80 participants in the PPA trainings in the last    2 years it‟s been offered.•   411 children and their...
Pyramid Plus TA Approach:Targeted•   Trainer Certification•   Coach Certification•   Demonstration Site Certification (4 s...
Process for Pyramid Plus    Certified Trainers and Coaches•   Must have attended all 18 Pyramid Plus Approach    sessions ...
Certification Benefits forTrainers and Coaches•   Direct on-site support to trainer or coach candidate•   Professional dev...
Pyramid Plus CertifiedDemonstration SitesThere are four certified Demonstration Sites inColorado• TA in establishing and m...
Implementation CommunitiesImplementation Communities selected through a request  for proposal (RFP) process receive free P...
Pyramid Plus CenterTA Approach: IntensiveShort Term:  •   Certify current Coaches, Trainers, and Demonstration      Sites ...
Pyramid Plus State Policy Team•   Vision: All early childhood settings support the    social and emotional development and...
State Team RepresentativeAgenciesColorado Department of Human Services    Child Welfare Services    Early Intervention C...
Pyramid Plus CenterSustainability
Contact UsPyramid Plus: the Colorado Center for Social  Emotional Competence and InclusionUniversity of Colorado Denver138...
Community Contact•   Margaret Wacker, ECC Coordinator,    mwacker@gunnisoncounty.org tel: (970) 641    7913•   PPA Trainin...
Gunnison County Pyramid Plus Community Overview
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As a member of the Gunnison Pyramid Leadership Team and a private Pyramid Plus Coach certification candidate, I delivered this presentation to the Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services staff and Public Health staff during their monthly staff meeting.

This overview includes all of the slides created by the Pyramid Plus Center at the University of Colorado Denver to be included in presenting to communities, but also has customized slides that include local strengths like funders and supports, local prevalence data, local implementation history, and local implementation outcome data thus far.

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  • Thanks you Renee for allowing me to share about Pyramid Plus as it relates to our community’s implementation.I’m a member of the GH PLT and a Pyramid coach certification candidate. So I am here on behalf of our local leadership team and on behalf of myself to complete one of the requirements toward certification which is a helpful set of skills to sustain this work in the community.As a former elementary/preschool counselor, I was naturally very invested in collaborating with Pyramid Plus to help build more capacity for personal/social health for our students as they entered elementary. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being you thought this was a sales scam to 5 being you could be presenting this, and when I call out the number raise your hands so I apply my presentation better.Or use the room spectrum activity.
  • Please acknowledge the funders of Pyramid Plus.Department of Human ServicesDivision of Child CareDivision for Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention Program (Part C)Division of Behavioral HealthDivision of Child WelfareThe Colorado Health FoundationThe Temple Hoyne Buell FoundationMile High United WayThis is a great opportunity to thank any local agencies, funders or volunteers that have helped put together this training.
  • In 2009, the GHECC and the Gunnison Watershed School District (GWSD) collaboratively established The Gunnison Hinsdale Pyramid Model Leadership Team (PMLT) with the vision that all children birth to eight years-old in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties will have optimal social, emotional & mental health as a foundation for sustained health & wellness in each aspect of life. The team has grown into a multifaceted and collaborative community effort supported by a broad representation of community organizations, behavioral and mental health specialists, early childhood professionals, and local families. The mission of the PMLT is to implement the evidence-based Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) community-wide to high fidelity by training and certifying local Pyramid Plus trainers and coaches, offering ongoing training for early childhood providers, providing coaching for early care and education centers, family-home providers and families, and promoting family support and education. Outcomes of the PPA consist of reduced challenging behaviors, increased social and emotional development, high-quality inclusion of children with disabilities, and an increase in positive child outcomes. Accomplishments:The PMLT has a broad representation of members including early childhood center directors, family-home providers, teachers, child find, certified coaches and trainers, technical assistants, child welfare, behavioral/mental health specialists, and other community stakeholders. The PMLT meets monthly for two hours to plan and review the teams strategic plan and PPA implementation process.In 2009, the PMLT began receiving TA (technical assistance) and financial support ($10,000 over four years) from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) through the local Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District to support the social & emotional development of preschoolers in receiving services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties.In 2011, PMLT was awarded $20,000 to support the implementation of the PPA and promote social and emotional development in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties.In 2011, the PMLT was accepted by Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver to be one of six Implementation Communities in Colorado and now receives TA and training from this organization.Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties are one of three communities in the state of Colorado that receive technical assistance and support from both CDE and Pyramid Plus. This is a new collaboration, and as a result our community is considered a pilot site for community-wide implementation.Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Crested Butte was selected as a Pyramid Plus demonstration site with the University of Colorado Denver. Five PMLT members were trained in the full 18 Sessions of the PPA.The PMLT supported and provided scholarships for three local early childhood professionals to become certified Pyramid Plus Coaches with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence & Inclusion at University of Colorado Denver (UCD).The PMLT supported and provided scholarships for two local early childhood professionals to become certified PPA trainers with Pyramid Plus: Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence & Inclusion. Certified Pyramid Plus Trainers are qualified to offer the full 18 Sessions of the Pyramid Plus Approach, which is recognized by CDE as the equivalent of ECE103.Program-wide pyramid model leadership teams have been started at four of the seven licensed early care and education centers in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties. These program-wide teams meet regularly and drive high-fidelity implementation of the PPA program-wide.In November 2011, one PMLT team member was officially certified as a Pyramid Plus Coach.The PMLT initiated collaboration with Child Welfare in order to ensure our community follows the law regarding CAPTA and to increase the number of 0-3 year olds who have been abused/neglected who get services in the Part C system.In FY12, the PMLT offered ten trainings in Pyramid Plus Approach to more than 170 participants. These trainings provided 27 continuing education hours locally for early childhood providers in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties. )Completion of all 18 sessions of the PPA is considered equivalent to ECE 103 by CDE.)In FY11-FY12, the PMLT offered nine nights of family and parent education in Gunnison County on the Parent Pyramid Model Training to more than 175 participants. These trainings totaled 18 hours of family outreach and education. In April 2012, two PMLT members were officially certified as Pyramid Plus Trainers.  
  • This goal was based on the requirements the grant from PPC original funders and has been consistently supported by all subsequent funding partners and stakeholders.CSEFEL supports competency of all staff including parents.If ask how are we different than CSEFEL? We embedded inclusion in all areas.If interested in learning more about PPC, let me know at the end.
  • PPC partners with EI, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, the Colorado Coaching Consortium, Health Childcare Colorado and others.PPC has 4 certified Demonstration programs or Demo sites. They are no longer certifying additional Demo sites, but may certify sites that have implemented PPA with high levels of fidelity, in the future.
  • CO data supports the same expulsion rate and was higher than the national average and the trajectory for these students is not very good.
  • The current number of children under 6 years in Colorado are 430,669, Source: 5-year population estimates (2005 – 2009) from American Community Survey, United States Census Bureau. the updated mental health services data is not yet available.
  • Call superintendent to find out current and past preK/K expulsion rates to share.CO Trust funds NPP b/c it’s evidence based and gets great outcomes, but what else are we doing in Gunnison County that has an evidence-basis?Nurse family partnership is going to get more funding soon and is an evidence-based model to prevent child abuse in first time parents.
  • Contacted the public school districts and major preschool centers and found only 2 expulsions for challenging behaviors in the 5 yrs prior to Pyramid implementation and none since. If the 1000 children were all among different homes: the most concerned parents based on the state statistics would be 210 and 166 of those would never have accessed help. Even if the 1,000 kids were among 500 households that still 80 parents needing support. The outcomes of expelled children does not look good.
  • Use the next three slides on the history to familiarize yourself with Pyramid Plus Center history. Give the amount of history needed for your particular group.In 1996 CO was a CSEFEL state and did trainings, but got very little implementation and decided to start a statewide center to establish resources to develop better implementation. Gloss over the rest
  • We are 1 of 2 communities in CO receiving TA/funds from both CDE and the PPC to collaboratively implement RtI/PBIS & the PPA
  • 1.SS is our community’s primary implementation site, but many sites are voluntarily implementing Pyramid and sharing data: Little Red, Paradise, Tenderfoot, Lake2.We are 1 of 2 communities in CO receiving TA/funds from both CDE and the PPC to collaboratively implement RtI/PBIS & the PPA3.It’s really about working integratively rather than compartmentally and silo’d like we’ve known is effective in HFW.If interested:In 2009, the GHECC and the Gunnison Watershed School District (GWSD) collaboratively established The Gunnison Hinsdale Pyramid Model Leadership Team (PMLT) with the vision that all children birth to eight years-old in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties will have optimal social, emotional & mental health as a foundation for sustained health & wellness in each aspect of life. The team has grown into a multifaceted and collaborative community effort supported by a broad representation of community organizations, behavioral and mental health specialists, early childhood professionals, and local families. The mission of the PMLT is to implement the evidence-based Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) community-wide to high fidelity by training and certifying local Pyramid Plus trainers and coaches, offering ongoing training for early childhood providers, providing coaching for early care and education centers, family-home providers and families, and promoting family support and education. Outcomes of the PPA consist of reduced challenging behaviors, increased social and emotional development, high-quality inclusion of children with disabilities, and an increase in positive child outcomes. Accomplishments:The PMLT has a broad representation of members including early childhood center directors, family-home providers, teachers, child find, certified coaches and trainers, technical assistants, child welfare, behavioral/mental health specialists, and other community stakeholders. The PMLT meets monthly for two hours to plan and review the teams strategic plan and PPA implementation process.In 2009, the PMLT began receiving TA (technical assistance) and financial support ($10,000 over four years) from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) through the local Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District to support the social & emotional development of preschoolers in receiving services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties.In 2011, PMLT was awarded $20,000 to support the implementation of the PPA and promote social and emotional development in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties.In 2011, the PMLT was accepted by Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver to be one of six Implementation Communities in Colorado and now receives TA and training from this organization.Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties are one of three communities in the state of Colorado that receive technical assistance and support from both CDE and Pyramid Plus. This is a new collaboration, and as a result our community is considered a pilot site for community-wide implementation.Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Crested Butte was selected as a Pyramid Plus demonstration site with the University of Colorado Denver. Five PMLT members were trained in the full 18 Sessions of the PPA.The PMLT supported and provided scholarships for three local early childhood professionals to become certified Pyramid Plus Coaches with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence & Inclusion at University of Colorado Denver (UCD).The PMLT supported and provided scholarships for two local early childhood professionals to become certified PPA trainers with Pyramid Plus: Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence & Inclusion. Certified Pyramid Plus Trainers are qualified to offer the full 18 Sessions of the Pyramid Plus Approach, which is recognized by CDE as the equivalent of ECE103.Program-wide pyramid model leadership teams have been started at four of the seven licensed early care and education centers in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties. These program-wide teams meet regularly and drive high-fidelity implementation of the PPA program-wide.In November 2011, one PMLT team member was officially certified as a Pyramid Plus Coach.The PMLT initiated collaboration with Child Welfare in order to ensure our community follows the law regarding CAPTA and to increase the number of 0-3 year olds who have been abused/neglected who get services in the Part C system.In FY12, the PMLT offered ten trainings in Pyramid Plus Approach to more than 170 participants. These trainings provided 27 continuing education hours locally for early childhood providers in Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties. )Completion of all 18 sessions of the PPA is considered equivalent to ECE 103 by CDE.)In FY11-FY12, the PMLT offered nine nights of family and parent education in Gunnison County on the Parent Pyramid Model Training to more than 175 participants. These trainings totaled 18 hours of family outreach and education. In April 2012, two PMLT members were officially certified as Pyramid Plus Trainers.  
  • Talk about how the PP Center values are similar to your community values. How do they compliment, compare, etc.Ask: What are our values when it comes to children and young families?
  • I bet this looks familiar to some of you as it’s the public health and public education model as well.RtIThis is theoriginal Pyramid Model. The inspiration for the Pyramid Model comes from the public health model of promotion, prevention, and intervention. Similar to the public health model, we describe the need for universal, secondary, and tertiary interventions. At the universal level we include the practices needed to ensure the promotion of the social development of all children. At the next level, the prevention level includes the provision of targeted supports to children at risk of challenging behavior. Finally, the tertiary level of the pyramid describes the need to provide individualized and intensive interventions to the very small number of children with persistent challenges. (directly from CSEFEL/TACSEI websites)The Pyramid Model includes evidence-based teaching practices and intervention approaches that promote children’s social development or are effective in addressing challenging behavior. You will notice that the model is supported at the foundation by an effective workforce. This an important focus of the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children or TACSEI. It is our goal to provide technical assistance and training to establish the systems and policies needed to adopt and sustain the implementation of the Pyramid Model with a particular focus on supporting the social development and relationships of young children with or at risk for delays or disabilities. The Pyramid Model that we are describing is the same model that is used by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) TACSEI works in partnership with CSEFEL to promote the adoption of this framework by all early education and care providers. (directly from CSEFEL/TACSEI websites)To learn more visit the link on the slide - http://www.pyramidplus.org/framework/pyramid_modelOr visit the CSEFEL or TACSEI Websites.
  • Directions are more effective when they arestated in terms of what you would like the child to do insteadof what you would like the child to stop doing.Open your workbooks to the Positive Words Activity. Get witha partner. Take a look at the “Don’t” column. At times, wemay use phrases like this when talking to our children.However, young children often cannot figure out what ourexpectation is when we say “no, don’t, or stop.” So, we needto tell children what to do instead of what not to do. Let’s look at the first example together. Instead of saying“Don’t run,” what could we say instead? (Allow for responses.Possible correct responses might include walk, or usewalking feet inside.) Get with a partner and try to come up with alternativephrases to use so that your child would know exactly what todo. Write your responses in the “Do” column. (Allow for timeto write responses.)Now that you have completed the worksheet, let’s go downthe “Don’t” list and you can share how you rephrased thestatements. How did it feel doing this activity? Was it hard torephrase the statements? Do you think you could try this withyour children? Do you think part of the reason your child useschallenging behavior might be because he/she doesn’tunderstand what you expect him/her to do?To help your children know what your expectations are, let’sdevelop a few simple household rules. We all probably havehousehold rules that we want our children to follow—but havewe written them down and taught them to our children? Weare going to talk about ways to create your household ruleswith your child, teach them to your child, and then useencouragement and positive comments to help him/her learnand practice them.
  • Gloss over
  • Gloss overDunst, Trivette & Cutspec:Informed by research, characteristics, and consequences of environmental variables are empirically established and relationship directly informs what a practitioner can do to produce a desired outcome.Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Cutspec, P. A. (2002). Toward an operational definition of evidence-based practice. Centerscope, 1(1), 1-10.
  • Gloss overFrom: Carroll, C., Patterson, M., Wood, S., Booth, A., Rick, J., and Balain, S. (2007). A conceptual framework for implementation fidelity. Implementation Science, 2:40. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-2-40
  • Talk about how your community has used this approach
  • Give examples for your community.ECC and implementationsites are homes to universal strategies: information, books, take home aides, signs, posters.Annual PPA 18 Session trainingsPLT
  • Pyramid Modules are the original work of CSEFEL & TACSEI. Pyramid Plus Approach, a birth to five approach for all children in various learning settings – centers, home care, early intervention, health, mental health focusing on inclusion of all children.Jane’s teaching the PPA over 18 sessions each year.It prepares people for Pyramid certification an people being licensed to work in childcare centers by being used as a substitute for the ECE 103 requirement.
  • Present the new Pyramid Plus Approach Conceptual Framework visual. Point out how the other evidence based practices fit into the Pyramid depending upon the tier.
  • TPOT: Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool
  • Certified coaches and trainers can talk about their experience for their community.My recording today is an example of the high fidelity the center is reaching when reviewing candidate skills
  • Bal Swan Children’s Center in Broomfield, Creative Options in Denver, Fremont County Head Start in Canon City and PrimeTime Early Learning in Norwood.
  • Current Implementation Communities are: Grand/Summit, Gunnison and LaPlata.Talk about your leadership team members, Implementation Program
  • H.1.2 – Pyramid Plus State Policy Team Representative Agencies
  • What are the SE needs in your work with young children and families?How’s NPP working for families in Gunnison?Does not engage all families. Too long. Do we need diverse options.1.5hr each 6 session trainings with big bang strategies that can be followed up with coaching. You can go on the CSEFEL website and get the curriculum for training and don’t need to invest in it.
  • Gunnison County Pyramid Plus Community Overview

    1. 1. PYRAMID PLUS: THE COLORADO CENTER FOR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE AND INCLUSIONAn Introduction for
    2. 2. Special Thanks to Pyramid PlusFundersDepartment of Human Services  Division of Child Care  Division for Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention Program (Part C)  Division of Behavioral Health  Division of Child WelfareThe Colorado Health FoundationThe Temple Hoyne Buell FoundationMile High United Way
    3. 3. Local Community Funders and Supporters• 2009-ECC & RE1J awarded $10,000 over 4 yrs from CDE for TA to support preschoolers on IEPs• 2010-PMLT formed by: EC Centers (5), RE1J (5), CW (2), MH (2), EC Home (1), Higher Ed (1), ECC (2)• 2011-El Pomar‟s San Juan Regional Foundation grant-$20k grants after Joan presented ECC Strategic Plan• Pending Gunnison/Hinsdale Early Childhood Council $2500 (RTTT-Early Learning State?)• 1 Certified Trainer & 1 Coach Certification
    4. 4. Presentation Objectives• Participants will understand the history and role of The Pyramid Plus Center• Participants will understand the tiered supports available for scale up and sustainability in communities• Participants will understand where they are and where they are going in their community• Participants will understand how Pyramid can support their agency.
    5. 5. Pyramid Plus Center OverallGoalto ensure the high fidelity implementation in early care and education services of two national models:• Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children [Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL); Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI)]• SpecialQuest Birth-Five Approach to Early Childhood Inclusion of children with or at risk for disabilities with other related evidence-based inclusion practices (Building Blocks, LEAP, etc.)
    6. 6. Pyramid Plus Center Objectives1. Support state collaboration, interagency teams Support state policy team Partner with other initiatives Liaison with national centers2. Provide Training and Technical Assistance for Communities, childcare providers, families Certification for coaches and trainers Certification of Pyramid Plus programs3. Establish rigorous evaluation systems Data that inform programs / communities Plan for sustainability Engage in effective management
    7. 7. Prevalence Data• Faculty in higher education early childhood programs report that their graduates are least likely to be prepared to work with children with persistently challenging behavior. (Hemmeter, Santo &Ostrosky, 2004)• Preschool children are three times more likely to be “expelled” than children in grades K-12. (Gilliam, 2005)• There are evidence-based practices that are effective in changing this developmental trajectory…the problem is not what to do, but rests in ensuring access to intervention and
    8. 8. Colorado - Fiscal Factors• In Colorado, it costs $433 for one year of mental health consultation (prevention plus early intervention) versus: • $1,488 for one month in a child placement agency foster home • $760 for two days in a psychiatric residential treatment facility • $2,878 for two weeks in youth corrections Denver Department of Education
    9. 9. Colorado Statistics• In Colorado it is estimated that 10 in every 10,000 children under the age of six are removed from early care and education settings for behavior issues, a rate three times higher than the state‟s K- 12 expulsion rate• Over 21% of Colorado parents of children ages 6 and younger have concerns about their child‟s emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others. Of these parents, 79% had never accessed counseling or treatment. Denver Department of Education
    10. 10. Colorado StatisticsOf Colorado‟s 350,000 children under the age of 6, approximately 31,500 are estimated to have serious emotional disturbancesApproximately 4000 of these children received mental health services through Colorado‟s public mental health system  Division of Behavioral Health‟s Prevalence Estimates for Colorado Study (2006); Colorado Department of Human Services January 2008
    11. 11. Why is This Important toImplement in My Community?• Do you believe these 2 national models are important to implement with high fidelity? Why?• School readiness in SE skills is a driving factor in our underserved/at-risk populations.• NPP & NFP use evidence-based models too• Gunnison is known for great collaboration: (ie. HB1451/OG, ECC, Partners Plus, GCSAAP)
    12. 12. Community Data• 2009 ECC Community Assessment: 500 licensed child care spots for 1,000 children aged 0-5; CMH reported 1/yr accessed mental health• Gunnison‟s only designated ECMH consultant works out of Montrose CMH office and is remotely able to consult in Gunnison• Current RE1J school counselor:student ratio is 1:450 (ASCA recommends 1:250)• According to CO statistics (1/10,000 expelled) so we may have experienced 1
    13. 13. From Pyramid Model toPyramid Plus Center inColorado 2001, US Head Start and Child Care Bureaus funded the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the US Dept of Education funded the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI) 2005, CO selected as a CSEFEL/Pyramid Model state; the interagency Pyramid Model Partnership (PMP) was formed 2006 - 07, the PMP and CDE trained 350 people and 13 coaches trained and selected three demonstration sites 2008, CO selected as SpecialQuest State.
    14. 14. Pyramid Work History(continued) 2008 – 2009, Colorado Partnership for Families and Children funded by Buell Foundation for continued support of Pyramid Pyramid and SpecialQuest Team members proposed a state center to combine professional development efforts, scale up and sustain the work statewide RFP was issued and granted to UCD with support from Child Care, Developmental Disabilities/Part C, and Behavioral Health October 1, 2009, Pyramid Plus: the Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion was launched Additionally, CDE was awarded a five year (2009-2014)
    15. 15. Recent Pyramid Plus Center 2010, Pyramid Plus received a grant from The Colorado Health Foundation; a three year extension was granted in Fall 2011 2011, Pyramid Plus and Division of Child Welfare partnered on a community sustainability project 2012, Pyramid Plus received funding from The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and Mile High United Way
    16. 16. Community History with Pyramid Work• Fall ‟09-Discussion began b/w ECC & RE1J w/ TA from CDE & PPC• Mar ‟10-ECC Strategic Plan includes Pyramid Implementation from ‟09 Community Assessment• A PLT was organized and Stepping Stones committed to implementation of Pyramid and be the fiscal manager.• Aug ‟10-ECC hosts a preschool Module Training in CB• ‟11-13-Certification of 2 Trainers & 2 Coach Candidates for sustainability (1Trainer & 1 Coach
    17. 17. Pyramid Plus Center Values Our Technical Assistance (TA) efforts must be based on the best available evidence and be affordable, feasible, acceptable and effective across diverse populations of children, families, communities and programs, including typical early childhood settings The outcomes of TA efforts must be valued by families and by the community Our work must be collaborative, building on and embedding the work of others Families, community leaders and program personnel including administrators and direct service personnel play a vital role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Center‟s efforts Practices intended to improve social, emotional, and behavioral development and promote inclusion are designed primarily to enhance competencies rather than remediate problems of children, families, and personnel
    18. 18. Pyramid Model for Promoting Social EmotionalCompetence and Addressing ChallengingBehavior Intervention Children with intensive support needs Prevention Children at Risk Promotio n All children
    19. 19. Pivotal Concepts Tiered approaches that promote outcomes for all children (Pyramid Model, Inclusion Model, TA Model) (Universal, Targeted, Intensive) Evidence-based practices (EBP) (see definition in next slide) Teaching to fidelity: implementing practices or interventions as intended by the developer (typically takes coaching to achieve) Scaling-up: bringing the practice or model to more programs and families Sustainability: continuing the high fidelity implementation over a sustained period of time
    20. 20. Evidence-based PracticesTACSEI definition: interventions and supports that have research documenting their effectiveness approaches that are linked to positive outcomes for children and families practices that have been demonstrated as effective within multiple research studies with similar outcomes
    21. 21. Fidelity Fidelity of implementation is the extent to which an intervention (including its content and process) is implemented in comparison to its intended design  Amount of intervention received (dosage/exposure)  What the intervention approach looks like when it is implemented (quality)  How much participants respond to, or are engaged by, an intervention (participant responsiveness) Fidelity measures (tools) report the degree of implementation variance from the intended design of the intervention strategy
    22. 22. Pyramid Plus TechnicalAssistance (TA) ApproachTiered: Universal: available to anyone = website, information resource, electronic newsletter, webinars, etc. Targeted: tailored to specific groups = teachers, caregivers, service providers, administrators, coaches, demonstration sites, trainers, communities, and families Intensive: face-to-face TA = coach, trainer, and demonstration site certification candidates
    23. 23. Pyramid Plus Approach:UniversalWebsite - www.pyramidplus.org • Pyramid Plus Center Staff Information • State Team Member Information • Links to state and national technical assistance resources • Webinars on selected topics open to public • Information regarding social emotional development, challenging behavior, and inclusion practices • Certified Trainers, Coaches and programs • Links / contact information to relevant local, regional and state resources • Trainer and Coach Certification information and applications • Pyramid Plus Center Annual Report • Information on Pyramid Plus Center and Pyramid Plus Approach • Statewide / Community Pyramid Plus Approach certified training information • Information on data systems and data based decision making • Other resources
    24. 24. NEW: Pyramid Plus Approach Training Modules Program Pyramid Plus ApproachTarget Pyramid Classroom Teachers, Plus: Health Providers, Parents,Audience Administrators, Early Intervention Home Care Providers, Community Providers, Mental Health Providers Members, Child WelfareContent Organized around CSEFEL Organized across the birth – 5 years Pyramid modules either developmental continuum (one Infant/Toddler or Preschool (two general session) strands)Materials Based on CSEFEL &TACSEI Based on CSEFEL, TACSEI, SpecialQuest, Building Blocks, LEAP, PTR-YC, and other evidence based practicesExamples Primarily Center Based Infant, Toddler & Preschool Center, Home & CommunityTraining Accessible from handbook and Prepared materials „chunked‟ for easeMaterials websites to create your own and flexibility of scheduling trainings (18 sessions)Follow up Focused around certification Specific content based on participantwebinars requirements / needs only needs
    25. 25. Pyramid Plus Approach
    26. 26. Community Data• 80 participants in the PPA trainings in the last 2 years it‟s been offered.• 411 children and their families are being impacted by the Pyramid Plus Approach Trainings that are provided in the counties.• One of our sites showed their areas of performance and structure on the TPOT is now at a high quality• 2011-12 Benchmarks of Quality show lots of room for improvement.
    27. 27. Pyramid Plus TA Approach:Targeted• Trainer Certification• Coach Certification• Demonstration Site Certification (4 site certified)• Partnership with Implementation Communities and Programs
    28. 28. Process for Pyramid Plus Certified Trainers and Coaches• Must have attended all 18 Pyramid Plus Approach sessions „in order‟ as first step to certification• Pay fee and sign agreement to meet all requirements within 1 calendar year (coaching and/or training requirements)• Participate in an on-going individualized professional development plan, observations, self evaluations, feedback, webinars, and other training/support from Pyramid Plus staff• Coach and Trainer certification candidates must complete and score at required levels on all coach or trainer activities• Expectation: 20% FTE for Pyramid Plus work (Coach)
    29. 29. Certification Benefits forTrainers and Coaches• Direct on-site support to trainer or coach candidate• Professional development plan created for each trainer or coach candidate• Video and on-site observations give trainer or coach candidate feedback• Monthly web-based trainings to enhance training or coaching• List of Pyramid Plus Certified Trainers and Coaches posted on the Pyramid Plus website for assisting programs and communities• Certification - part of a career ladder• Electronic access to Pyramid Plus Approach materials
    30. 30. Pyramid Plus CertifiedDemonstration SitesThere are four certified Demonstration Sites inColorado• TA in establishing and maintaining a Leadership Team• On-site certification coach and trainer support• Data collection systems and analysis on high fidelity, program wide implementation, individual classroom performance, and child outcomes• On-going professional development on inclusion and reducing challenging behaviors• Family and community involvement (e.g.
    31. 31. Implementation CommunitiesImplementation Communities selected through a request for proposal (RFP) process receive free Pyramid Plus Approach Training and Technical AssistanceComponents:  Community Leadership  Training and Coaching Infrastructure (certification required)  Local childcare program to serve as an Implementation Program  Community readiness and resources for sustainabilityGo to www.pyramidplus.org for more information
    32. 32. Pyramid Plus CenterTA Approach: IntensiveShort Term: • Certify current Coaches, Trainers, and Demonstration Sites who are enrolled in the certification process • Provide training as first step to certification to new coaches/trainers/programs • Work with Implementation Communities and Programs • Build upon current resources for information requests and referralsLong Term:Build state and local capacity through certified Pyramid Plus trainers, coaches, and programs
    33. 33. Pyramid Plus State Policy Team• Vision: All early childhood settings support the social and emotional development and inclusion of all children birth through five• Mission: To promote a collaborative professional development system that fosters and sustains the state-wide, high-fidelity use of the Pyramid Model and SpecialQuest Approach, with other related evidence-based practices integrated with relevant Colorado efforts
    34. 34. State Team RepresentativeAgenciesColorado Department of Human Services  Child Welfare Services  Early Intervention Colorado  Child Care/EC CouncilsColorado Department of Education  Preschool Education and Child Find  Office of Early Learning and School ReadinessJFK Partners/University of ColoradoQualistar ColoradoOffice of the Lt. GovernorHigher Education
    35. 35. Pyramid Plus CenterSustainability
    36. 36. Contact UsPyramid Plus: the Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and InclusionUniversity of Colorado Denver1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 643Denver, CO 80204pyramidplus@ucdenver.eduwww.pyramidplus.orgJoin us on Facebook
    37. 37. Community Contact• Margaret Wacker, ECC Coordinator, mwacker@gunnisoncounty.org tel: (970) 641 7913• PPA Trainings: Jane Maloney (970) 641-7770 or next 3-day training is in Denver this Fall.• FAQ on the PPC website for those interested in learning more about trainer/coach certifications QUESTIONS????
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