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Register Now for TACSEI's May Webinar
Establishing the Pyramid Model as an Evidence-Based Practice: Results from a Randomized Study
Friday, May 18, 2012
3:00 to 4:30 pm ET

In this webinar, Mary Louise Hemmeter and Lise Fox will discuss a recently completed, randomized trial that examined the implemenMary Louise Hemmetertation of the Pyramid Model within public school preschool classrooms in Tennessee and Florida that included children with disabilities.  They will describe the research methods, training and supports provided to teachers, and the outcomes for teachers and children including children with challenging behavior.  The discussion will focus on issLise Foxues related to implementation fidelity, coaching, and measuring the outcomes associated with Pyramid Model implementation.
Please note! Space is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted once capacity is reached. However, a recording of the webinar will be available to the public on the TACSEI website within one week of the event. Please visit the TACSEI website for more information and to register for this event.

Looking for a Fully Online Graduate Certificate in PBS?
University of South FloridaThe Florida Center for Inclusive Communities of the University of South Florida is currently recruiting graduate students for a fully online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support. This certificate program offers an evidence based approach to resolving challenging and supporting prosocial, behavior in children and youth within schools and early education settings. Courses include:
  • Intensive Individualized Positive Behavior Support
  • Consultation and Collaboration
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children
  • School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
Program courses are taught by PBS leaders in the field, Drs. Don Kincaid; Heather George; Kwang Sun Blair; and Lise Fox. For more information, please visit the program web site or contact  Tanisha Clarke-Dobney at

Save the Date for NTI 2013
National Training InstituteAnother great National Training Institute! Many thanks to our partner associations, presenters, and the participants. Keep us posted on Facebook as you implement the great ideas that were shared. We would love to see your photos and videos!  Don't forget to mark your calendars now for NTI 2013, March 20-23 at the Sheraton Sand Key in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida!

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.

Turn PDFs into Interactive Publications in Minutes and View Flash Content on iPad
YoublisherHave you ever read an online book, magazine, or brochure and marveled at how turning the pages simulates the experience of a paper-based publication? It’s an impressive effect and while it may seem complex, you can easily turn any of your own pdfs (manuals, user guides, brochures, magazines, reports, invitations, slide shows, etc.) into a flash-based online publication with a free and user-friendly application called Youblisher. Readers can use the controls at the bottom of the screen to browse your publication, view it full screen, magnify pages, print one or multiple pages, download the pdf, and choose to listen to page-turning sound effects. Take a look at how this TACSEI pdf document appears in Youblisher:

How Do I Get Started with Youblisher?
It’s amazingly quick and easy. Here’s how it works:
  1. Create a free account.
  2. Browse to a file you want to upload, select it, and then type in a title, description, and key words. The file takes just a couple of minutes to process.
  3. Once it is complete, Youblisher provides a URL link you can email to your constituents. Youblisher also provides embed code so you have the option to post the document directly on your web site.
Tip: Please note that Youblisher does not enable hyperlinks, so I would not use this application to publish documents in which hyperlinks are an essential feature.

Need a Shorter URL? No Problem!
Like many applications, Youblisher creates long links like the one above. Long links can be a nuisance – they take up a lot of space and often get corrupted when pasted in emails. Bitly is a very simple program that shortens URLs. Simply paste in the long URL, click “shorten,” and you instantly get a shorter URL. For example, bitly shortened the long URL listed above to You aren’t required to register to use bitly, but if you do, you will be able to track and analyze your links.

News Flash!  You CAN View Flash Content on Your iPad!
News Flash!Most people think that they can’t view flash content on iPads, but that isn’t true! With the right browser, you can view flash content on an iPad. It is always good practice to try to assure universal access, so be sure to tell iPad users that they can view your flash content using specialized web browsers. Not only will this enable iPad users to view your Youblisher creations, but they’ll thank you for letting them know how to view any flash content.
There are a number of flash-compatible browser options for iPads, including these three examples available from the iPad App Store:
  • iSwifter ($4.99) – I use this browser to view all kinds of flash content on my iPad and I get fine results. You can try it free for seven days.
  • Rover (Free) –  I have also used this browser on my iPad to successfully view flash content. It doesn’t seem to be as fast or pretty as iSwifter, but it’s free!
  • Photon ($4.99) – I’ve heard that this browser works well, but I haven’t tried it out yet.
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.

NAEYC National Insitute for Early Childhood Professional Development
June 10-13, 2012
Indianapolis, IN

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
April/May 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.
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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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