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The Pyramid Model Update
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New Year-New Name!
TACSEI and CSEFEL Updates Now The Pyramid Model Update
Pyramid ModelWe may have a new name, but not to worry. You will still receive all the same important, up-to-date information that you are used to receiving from TACSEI and CSEFEL about young children's challenging behavior and social-emotional competence. As a subscriber, you know that most of the information we provide to you is centered around the Pyramid Model. What you may not know is that the Pyramid Model was originally developed in 2003 through the efforts of TACSEI and CSEFEL, both technical assistance centers federally-funded by the Office of Special Education Programs and the Head Start and Child Care bureaus, respectively. Since its initial development, the Pyramid Model has been successfully implemented within programs and states across the nation and there is now an extensive national network of trainers and coaches who support implementation. Exciting research on many aspects of Pyramid Model implementation is ongoing and numerous publications provide descriptive and empirical support for the model. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the latest products, research and updates regarding this important work. Want to learn more about the Pyramid Model? Take some time to explore the Pyramid Model page on the TACSEI website for more information including personal stories and photos, videos, and testimonials from demonstration programs.

The Pyramid Model Goes to College
Pyramid Model Goes to CollegeThe Pyramid Model is now making an appearance in a product designed specifically for higher ed! CSEFEL has just posted a series of tools based on the CSEFEL Preschool Modules that provide in-class activities and assignments specifically designed to be embedded in higher education coursework. Several topics are currently available including Building Positive Relationships with Children, Enhancing Children's Emotional Literacy, and Using Books To Support Social Emotional Development. To download, visit the Resources for Preservice Faculty page on the CSEFEL website and scroll down to "Higher Education Tools".

The Pyramid Model at Work in West Virginia
West Virginia MapThe new name of our updates makes it a perfect time to see the Pyramid Model in a real setting. TACSEI has recently posted brand new materials that highlight the great work that is taking place at one demonstration program in West Virginia. In West Virginia, counties are encouraged to identify a collaborative of community early childhood programs and public school classrooms to attend training in program-wide adoption of the Pyramid Model (Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support). A county leadership team and trainers are identified and all are trained intensively together. Each county team is provided with technical assistance and mentorship as they expand their implementation across classrooms and programs within their county. Visit the TACSEI website to browse through the many new videos and photos that show how the Pyramid Model is working in one West Virginia county.
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.

12 Free and Fun Apps to Ring in 2012
New YearTo celebrate 2012, here are 12 free, useful and fun applications that might help you connect with your colleagues, consumers, and constituents and create content in novel ways.
  1. Organize your YouTube channel into a unique web site: Vidcaster creates a customized video sharing site using the videos that you post on YouTube. You can categorize your videos, add text pages, use Google analytics, and more. Basically, you use YouTube to be your server, but you create a unique interface.
  2. Share your message: You can use Jux to create montages of photo or video images, add text, apply special effects and styles and, share your message in a novel and engaging way.
  3. Collaborate: Create a collaboration space with where members can work together on a collaborative notepad, take a poll, rank a list, and create a to-do list.
  4. Poll your community: Create and distribute a quick social poll using Quipol
  5. Conduct an online meeting: It sounds too good to be true, but you can use FreeScreenSharing to host a free online meeting where you can share your screen provide a free audio conference for up to 96 participants. From the same company that provides
  6. 7. and 8. Generate a QR Code: A QR (quick response) code is a kind of barcode that can be scanned by smart phones to quickly access just about any kind of data. You can produce QR codes to take users to web sites, documents, business cards, email, etc. Basically, you create a QR code and then embed it on a web site, or paste it in an email or on any document. Here are three free QR code generators:
  • Kaywa is an easy-to-use, not-many-frills, generator where you can create a QR code to share a URL, text, or phone number.
  • Unitag enables you to create more customizable designs and is a bit more complex than Kaywa, but still very eBay to learn to use.
  • QR Voice enables you to type in a short text message and then create a QR code that when scanned will have a voice speak the text that you typed.
  1. Generate a logo: If you need a logo for a project or event in a hurry, try Logotype Maker
  2. Convert a photo to a polaroid-like image: Use Poladroid to transform a photo into a cool retro-looking photo.
  3. Create an electronic sound track: Use Sound Matrix to produce pleasing digital tonal compositions. You can record them through your headphones port using a digital audio recorder and import the files to use as slide or video sound tracks.   
  4. Lastly, for fun, search for Flickr images in 3D: Tag Galaxy
By the way, on New Year’s Day, I updated my Free Apps resource document with more than a hundred new apps.

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.

2012 National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
February 15-16, 2012
Washington, DC.

NABE 41st Annual Conference

February 15-17, 2012
Dallas, TX

10th Annual NorthWest PBIS Conference

February 29 – March 2, 2012
Red Lion Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon

NACCRRA National Child Care Policy Symposium

March 6-10, 2012
Washington, DC

9th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development

March 28-31, 2012
Clearwater Beach, Florida

39th Annual Head Start Conference
April 16- 21, 2012
Nashville, TN

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
Jan/Feb 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.