Preschool Pyramid Model Practices

The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence is a multi-tiered system of support for young children. It can support any early childhood education curriculum and, when implemented with fidelity, improves social-emotional outcomes for all children. This series provides information and instructional strategies for implementing all levels of the Pyramid Model for preschool classrooms.

Prework

View the video:

Promoting Social Emotional Competence

(28 minutes)

Session 1

Body

Session 1 includes an introduction to EC PBIS, the necessary coaching needed to bring Pyramid Practices to fidelity in the preschool classroom, and how to develop responsive relationships.

Agenda

  1. Introduction to Early Childhood PBIS
  2. Applying the Pyramid Model Philosophy
  3. Nurturing and Responsive Relationships

Outcomes

  • Explore the foundational principles of Early Childhood PBIS and the Pyramid Model
  • Understand the role of the Classroom Coach in the implementation of Pyramid Practices
  • Identify ways to establish responsive relationships with children, families, and coworkers
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Session 2

Body

Session 2 focuses on creating a high-quality supportive environment, establishing expectations and rules, creating schedules and routines, and enhancing engagement.

Agenda

  1. Schedules and Routines
  2. Transitions and Engagement
  3. Rules and Expectations

Outcomes

  • Describe the critical features of a classroom schedule
  • Practice building routines for activities in your classroom
  • Describe ways to engage children throughout the day (e.g., transitions, large group, small group)
  • Identify ways to develop, teach, promote, and acknowledge expectations and rules

 

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Session 3

Body

Session 3 is focused on embedding social and emotional instruction.

Agenda

  1. How and When to Teach Social and Emotional Skills
  2. Teaching Friendship Skills
  3. Teaching Emotional Literacy
  4. Teaching Self Regulation
  5. Teaching Problem Solving

Outcomes

  • Explain when and how to teach social emotional skills
  • Identify strategies that can be used to teach:
    • Friendship skills
    • Emotional literacy
    • Self-regulation
    • Problem-solving
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Session 4

Body

Session 4 is focused on supporting children with social emotional delays.

Agenda

  1. Systematic Individualized Instruction
  2. Embedding Instruction
  3. Understanding Behavior

Outcomes

  • Identify strategies to individualize instruction for students who need additional instruction, practice, or feedback on social-emotional skills
  • Practice embedding instructional strategies into classroom routines
  • Describe the ABCs of behavior and determine the function of behavior
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Session 5

Body

Session 5 is focused on understanding and responding to challenging behavior.

Agenda

  1. Responding to Challenging Behavior
  2. Factors Impacting Responses to Challenging Behavior
  3. De-Escalating Behaviors
  4. Developing a Behavior Support Plan

Outcomes

  • Identify the three essential strategies for responding to challenging behavior
  • Explore factors that can impact our response when challenging behavior occurs
  • Identify stages of escalation and adult responses
  • Explain the teacher’s role in the development of an individualized behavior support plan
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