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The Pyramid Model Update
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Updated Pyramid Model Overview Video from CSEFEL
CSEFEL VideoCSEFEL has updated their popular feature length video Promoting Social Emotional Competence. This useful resource provides an overview of the Pyramid Model for supporting infants and young children’s social emotional development.  The updated version is 26 minutes in length and reflects the current language of the Pyramid Model. In addition, the video provides greater emphasis on how the model is inclusive of children birth to five and supportive for children with disabilities. The video is now available for purchase from CSEFEL for $12. Visit the CSEFEL website to download the order form. Please note that in the coming weeks the video will also be available to stream off the CSEFEL website.

TACSEI Webinar Recording Now Available
Establishing the Pyramid Model as an Evidence-Based Practice: Results from a Randomized Study
TACSEI WebinarIn this webinar, Mary Louise Hemmeter and Lise Fox discuss a recently completed, randomized trial that examined the implementation of the Pyramid Model within public school preschool classrooms in Tennessee and Florida that included children with disabilities.  They describe the research methods, training and supports that were provided to teachers, and the outcomes for teachers and children including children with challenging behavior.  The discussion focuses on issues related to implementation fidelity, coaching, and measuring the outcomes associated with Pyramid Model implementation. Visit the TACSEI website to watch this webinar and explore suggested resources and supporting materials for this topic.

YOUR Input is Needed on the Joint Position Statement on RTI in Early Childhood

RTI IconYour comments are needed on the Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Education (RtI in ECE) joint position statement! This joint paper is being developed by three TACSEI and CSEFEL partner associations: the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Head Start Association (NHSA). 

The three associations began this effort three years ago growing out of a concern with the use of RtI in early childhood education programs serving children birth through age five. The associations convened and consulted with two work groups, as well as conducted listening sessions at several conferences. Then, a team of writers representing the three associations was engaged in 2012 to draft the joint paper. The writing team will use your comments in the aggregate to revise the paper. 

You can download the paper and share your feedback by visiting the NAEYC website. All comments must be received by July 12.  Please provide your input today! Our partner associations are counting on you to provide the comments and feedback which will make this paper valuable to everyone who works with young children.

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.

YouTube YOUR Way
YouTubeI’m sure that you know that YouTube has a wealth of valuable content you can use for a variety of purposes related to professional development, public awareness, technical assistance, and dissemination. According to YouTube, 72 hours of video are uploaded every minute! And you also likely know that, along with the good stuff, YouTube has a great deal of “junky” content, inappropriate comments, and a very distracting interface. Fortunately, there are many free applications that can help you better use YouTube and easily search, watch, share, and edit YouTube clips without the distracting, and sometimes inappropriate, clutter.

The apps listed below are just a few of the many that are available to help improve your YouTube experience.
  • Quietube allows you to watch and share only the videos that interest you without any of the visual noise typically associated with YouTube. You can watch a video, shorten the URL, and share it with others so they can also watch the video without the YouTube distractions. It’s very easy to use, it’s free, and you aren’t required to register.
  • ViewPure allows you to watch YouTube videos without comments, suggestions, or other unwanted distractions.
  • YouTube Video Editor, YouTube’s web-based video editor, allows you to edit any video that you’ve uploaded to your YouTube account. You can join multiple videos together, make cuts, enhance the brightness and contrast of your clip or add transitions, titles, and music. You can even search for, and then add, additional copyright-free footage. Once you’ve completed your editing, you can publish your finished work to your YouTube account.
  • TubeChop: This easy-to-use application allows you to select a specific section from any YouTube video and share it with others.
  • YouTube for Schools: This YouTube channel “provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU. These videos come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile.” This channel is “school-appropriate, customizable, and teacher-friendly.” Please note that you need to have a Google account in order to log-in.
  • provides an interface that allows you to watch videos with others. You first create a “room” and then you invite your friends to join you by sending them an invitation with the room link. This app is free and requires no registration.
  • Drag On Tape allows you to create a “timeline” or a “mix”, which is a series of YouTube videos you arrange in a sequence, one right after another. You can then share your finished creation with others. This application is free, but registration is required.
  • YouTube Leanback: This fun tool allows you to easily search for, control, and watch YouTube videos in full screen mode.
  • YouTube Trends Dashboard enables you to view the currently trending videos on YouTube.
  • YouTube Instant: You may find that this free, real-time YouTube search engine comes in handy when you want to find and share videos on YouTube.
Last, there are dozens of ways to easily download YouTube videos. Here are just two examples:
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
June/July 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.