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Family Coaching Webinar Resource Now Available
Using Family Coaching to Bring the Pyramid Model into Homes
WebinarTACSEI recently posted the recording of this popular event that took place on October 10th. The webinar provides an overview of the major components, tools, and practices for implementing the Pyramid Model with families with infants and toddlers in homes. Erin Barton and Regina (Mel) Woodcock used a question and answer format to describe how West Virginia implemented the Pyramid Model across multiple home visiting programs, including within the Part C system. Visit the TACSEI website to listen to the recorded webinar, learn about the panel, and download valuable resources and materials.

Registration Opens 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 2013Registration for the 2013 National Training Insitute on Effective Practices is now open! This year NTI is using a new registration system through the FCIC Store. Instructions on how to register, as well as purchase order instructions are available on the NTI Registration page. 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. 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.
Two Great (and Free!) Screen Sharing Apps
Screen Sharing AppsScreen sharing enables multiple people to look at the same thing at the same time, but from different locations, saving significant travel time and expenses and enabling everyone to “be on the same page.” Screen sharing can be used for a variety of purposes including facilitating meetings, presenting training events, providing demonstrations, and giving feedback. One year ago in this column (October 11, 2011) I wrote about a fine, free screen sharing application called This month I’d like to share with you two additional and very different screen sharing apps: and StartMeeting. Each app is unique and can be a very valuable tool, but for different uses.

I use all the time. I typically use it when I’m on the phone with one or more people and realize that it would be valuable for all of us to be looking at the same thing at the same time – for instance a web site, a document, or an application. It is ridiculously quick and easy to instantly open the free app, click “share,” copy a link to your clipboard, paste the link in an email, and send it to anyone with whom you would like to share your screen. It also features internet calling, chat, the ability to send files, and viewers for Apple and Android devices.  I use it most often to present information, give demonstrations, and take group notes. Surprisingly, this is the free version! Their pro plan has many more features that you can try during a free 14 day trial. Bottom line- is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest screen sharing app that I have found.

With a free StartMeeting account you can make a video recording of anything on your screen, narrated by your voice that you record through a telephone call. You can share your desktop, PowerPoint slides, a variety of other applications, web browsers – just about anything. While the paid account enables you to host live meetings, the free account limits you to recording your sessions. Once you end your recording session the recording is posted on StartMeeting’s server and you receive an email that enables you to share the recorded session in a number of ways. You can choose to send a link so others can watch and listen in full screen, post it on Facebook or Twitter, or even download a .flash video file and post it on YouTube. It took me only a short while to figure things out, and when I ran into a problem I called StartMeeting’s 1-800 toll-free support line and got a live person immediately–even on a Sunday morning! You can use Start Meeting to record webinars, demonstrations, tutorials, invitations, announcements, feedback, coaching, and much more. Since they offer a free version, it’s definitely worth trying! Check out this two-minute demo I created so you can see just a bit of what StartMeeting can do. 

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

NABE 42nd Annual Conference
February 7-9, 2013
Lake Buena Vista, FL

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

2013 National Child Care Aware of America Policy Symposium
April 10-13, 2013
Washington, D.C.

40th Annual Head Start Conference
April 28, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Washington, DC
October 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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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.