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2014 National Training Institute on Effective Practices
St. Petersburg, Florida. April 23-25, 2014
Registration Now Open!

NTI 2014The Pyramid Model Consortium and Florida Center for Inclusive Communities are pleased to bring you this unique and inspiring professional development experience. NTI's format is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model. The 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. Register now at the FCIC Store's NTI Registration page. Detailed institute, hotel and registration information are available on the NTI website.
The Early Bird Gets the Upgrade!
Being an early bird has its rewards! Register for NTI and book your hotel room at the Vinoy by December 31, 2013 to be entered into a drawing for a free hotel room upgrade!
Registration Fees:
$240--Early Registration
$275--Late Registration (After Mar 16, 2014)
Additional fees for Pre-Conference Workshops* (Optional)
$195--Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) Rev. Reliability Training. 2-Day Workshop. Prerequisites apply. Click here for more workshop info. Receive the published TPOT manual and score sheets with your participation.
$175--Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) for Young Children. 1-day training workshop. Includes published PTR manual.
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Life after the Centers! Announcing the Pyramid Model Consortium
Pyramid ModelWe have formed a consortium to sustain the work of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children (TACSEI).  Continue to visit  for access to all current and new materials.  The web site will be a portal for information on the new services and contract fees of the Pyramid Model Consortium including information on:
  • state capacity building
  • program-wide implementation training and technical assistance
  • international outreach
  • contracting with Pyramid Model consultants
  • training of trainers in multiple areas
  • training of coaches
  • expanded technical assistance services

Interested in Graduate Preparation on PBS?
Graduate StudyThe University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities offer a fully online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). This 12-credit-hour course of study prepares individuals from mental health, school psychology, school administration, education, early education, and social work to be effective members of the school, early childhood, or individual support team implementing PBS. The program includes classes focused on providing consultation and guiding collaboration, implementing school-wide PBS, addressing behavior challenges in young children, and intensive individualized interventions.  For more information visit the program website.

New Family Materials Recently Posted
Backpack Connections SeriesIn the last few months, TACSEI has added multiple handouts to the Backpack Connections Series that programs can use as they work with families. Helpful new handouts have been added in the following categories:

  • How to Use Positive Language to Improve Your Child’s Behavior
  • How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Morning
  • How to Plan Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior
  • How to Understand the Meaning of Your Child’s Challenging Behavior
  • How to Help Your Child Stop Whining
  • How to Give Clear Directions
  • How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child New Skills and Expectations                          .
Making Life Easier SeriesIf you are interested in resources for families, be sure to also take a look at the Making Life Easier Series--and keep checking back! In the next month, we will be offering a Making Life Easier handout related to going to the doctor or dentist and supporting your child during holiday celebrations.

YEC Monograph #15
Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors

Coming Soon from the Division for Early Childhood!
YEC Monograph #15This latest edition to the YEC Monograph Series includes discussions of developmentally appropriate innovations to address the needs of children with challenging behaviors. These practitioner and family-friendly, evidence-based articles include topics such as tiered models of support, peer environments, visual supports, family-centered interventions and partnerships, coaching, culturally responsive methods, and implementation practices. Visit the DEC website for information about how to order this valuable new resource.

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.

November 20 – 23, 2013
Washington, DC
December 9-13, 2013
Atlanta, GA
April 23-25, 2014
St. Petersburg, FL
November 2013

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.
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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:

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TACSEI ConsultantsThe TACSEI Consultant Bank consists of professionals and parents who can help you to improve young children’s behavior and social emotional outcomes. Simply browse the listings and then send consultants you are interested in a message inquiring about their availability, rates, and services. It's that simple!

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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.