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The Pyramid Model Update
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Register for the TACSEI PBIS and Implementation Webinar
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports from Preschool to High School: A Conversation about Implementation
computerPlease join us for a lively discussion on August 24, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:30 ET to talk about PBIS and implementation in early childhood programs and K-12 schools.  Glen Dunlap, Lise Fox, and George Sugai will discuss the key elements of PBIS and the implementation features within different settings and systems.  Registered participants for the webinar will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or pose questions during a question period. There are limited seats available to participate in this free, live webinar, so be sure to register early!  If you can’t attend, please know that we will record and post the webinar for continued access to the recording and resources. Visit the TACSEI website to register today!

Just in Time for a New School Year! TACSEI's New Backpack Series
Backpack SeriesThe Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI, in collaboration with Pyramid Plus and Bal Swan Children's Center, to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. The series is divided into four categories: Emotions, Routines & Schedules, Social Skills, and (coming soon!) Addressing Behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. Several more handouts are coming soon, so be sure to periodically check the Backpack Connection page on the TACSEI website or "Like" TACSEI on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest installments.

LEAP Preschool Model Recognized by What Works Clearinghouse
Watch a Video Presentation about the LEAP Model and Ask Phil and Ted Questions on the TACSEI Website!
Phil StrainTACSEI faculty Phil Strain and colleague Ted Bovey have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Studies in a What Works Clearinghouse review/report. Their study found a positive impact after two years of the full LEAP training and support model on the average classroom-level behavior, communication, intellectual, and social outcomes of preschool children. The average effect sizes for all four Ted Boveydomains are statistically significant and substantively important.  Visit the What Works Clearinghouse to check out the full report! Also, be sure to watch LEAP Preschool: An Inclusive Model of Early Autism Intervention which is available on the TACSEI website. In this recorded webinar, Phil Strain and Ted Bovey introduce you to the LEAP Preschool Model, an inclusive, evidence-based model for young children with autism that was founded in 1981.  The LEAP Model parallels the levels of the Pyramid Model in many ways and similarities between LEAP and Pyramid implementation are briefly outlined. After you watch the webinar, feel free to submit a question to Phil and Ted. Also, be sure to "Like" the TACSEI Facebook page and watch for upcoming Q and A Discussions with Ted and Phil.

Brand New TACSEI Make and Take
Thoughtful Transitions Reduce Traffic Jams and Challenges
Make N TakeThis three-hour Make and Take workshop provides teachers with tools and strategies to use when teaching children how to transition between activities and places within the early childhood environment. The workshop includes all presentation materials, embedded videos, handouts, and colorful patterns for activities and props. Participants will learn about tools to reduce challenges with transitions, strategies to assist in actively engaging children during transitions, and individualized transition strategies for children in need of additional supports. As a result of implementing these strategies, children are happier moving from place to place, are actively engaged, and know exactly what is expected as they successfully transition.  Download this Make and Take and others from the TACSEI website.

Mark Your Calendar for NTI 2013
10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

NTI 2013The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional development.
It is an unparalleled opportunity to increase your skills, build a network of colleagues, and become part of a growing professional community who use the Pyramid Model. Check the NTI website for the latest information about this important event.

Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches
Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches, by Larry Edelman, is a regular feature in which Larry highlights a useful application or resource each month.

Visualizing Data with Infographics
InforgraphicAs technology enables us to collect more (and hopefully better) data, it becomes increasingly important to present data in clear, engaging, and useful ways. When we present data in ways that engage our stakeholders, they will more likely spend time with the data, consider it more intently, understand it better, and (hopefully!) put the data to use. Toward this end, you have probably noticed an increasing use of infographics, i.e., data visualizations that present complex information quickly and clearly. We see infographics popping up just about everywhere including newspapers, magazines, advertisements, web sites, and social media. When used well with the right data set, infographics can help capture the attention of a wide audience and help them understand your data quickly by presenting it in ways that are clear, engaging, attractive, and aesthetically pleasing. This ability is very important in our efforts to encourage the use of evidence based practices.

The infographic industry is booming and there are many apps available to generate them, ranging in cost from free to very expensive monthly or yearly fees.  Below are a handful of applications that are free (or at least offer free options) to help get you started. While I haven’t had the chance to try out all of these apps personally, they have all been recommended by reputable sources – ultimately you’ll be the judge of their value! More information about data visualizations and infographics Want to learn more? Visit Larry's blog for valuable information about using technology in providing professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination.

Events You Should Know About
TACSEI and CSEFEL faculty may provide presentations, workshops and/or sessions at the events listed below. Please visit each association's website for specific program and registration information.

DEC's 28th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
October 28-30, 2012
Minneapolis, MN

NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo
November 7-10, 2012
Atlanta, GA

10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013
Clearwater Beach, FL
August 2012

About the Centers
TACSEI LogoThe Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, (TACSEI) is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
Visit the TACSEI website at: www.challengingbehavior.org
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CSEFEL LogoThe Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Visit the CSEFEL website at: www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/

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This Update was made possible by grant #H326B070002, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and grant #90YD0779 from the Office of Head Start and Child care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency, nor does publication in any way constitute an endorsement by the funding agency.