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Idaho Pyramid Model Collaborative Application

Idaho Pyramid Model Collaborative Application

WHAT IS THE IDAHO PYRAMID MODEL COLLABORATIVE

The Idaho Pyramid Model Collaborative is a multi-year technical assistance and professional development project. This collaborative is with local school districts, Idaho Head Start programs, and community early childhood education programs to increase positive social and emotional outcomes for young children (3-5 years of age), through coaching and  providing support for systems change.

The Idaho Pyramid Model Collaborative is a professional development package designed to support early childhood educators with mastery of best-practices in social and emotional development. The Collaborative will include:
  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Assessment of implementation of practices
  • Ongoing professional development plan
 
1. Describe your program *This question is required.
2. Program identification: *This question is required.
This includes a significant commitment to attend training.   By (electronically) submitting this application, your program is agreeing to:

Readiness
Readiness to implement the Pyramid Model means that:
  • the program agrees to develop an infrastructure to support the sustainability of the Pyramid
  • the program commits to engaging families
  • staff agree to implement Pyramid Model strategies and evidence-based practices
Commitment
  • Form a Program Leadership Team (PLT) and have them attend training on Pyramid essentials;
  • Participate in data collection (e.g. child, teacher, classroom, coaching , Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool;
  • Enter data into identified data collection system;
  • Use data to make decisions about program implementation;
  • Use the Benchmarks of Quality for plan implementation;
  • Sign that your program commits to the expectation requirements;
  • Commit to a 2-4 year implementation plan;
In addition, Implementing programs agree to:
  1. Implement Pyramid Model for a minimum of two years following completion of training
  2. Identify or be assigned practitioner coach(es) to participate in training and coaching of teachers.
  3. Work collaboratively with Program Coach and State Leadership Team to ensure fidelity
  4. Establish a leadership team that meets on a monthly basis and receives support from the Program Coach
  5. Collect and use data to guide implementation, support practitioner implementation and monitor child progress
  6. Participate in identified training.
  7. Participate in evaluation and self-assessment activities and provide data to the state leadership team.
  8. Ensure that the appropriate staff attends all training relevant to their role.
3. I have read the above commitment,  expectations, and agree: *This question is required.
Clear
Signature of
4. Social and Emotional Supports/Curriculum
Please select the response(s) that best describes your program's overall approach to building social-emotional competence and/or preventing challenging behaviors. *This question is required.
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5. How are students who need additional support identified?  Please select all that apply. *This question is required.
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Program Leadership Team (PLT) Membership must include (members can act in more than one role);
  • an administrator/program director
  • the internal Practitioner coach
  • an individual who is willing to serve as a data coordinator (will collect data for the team)
  • a behavior specialist (does not have to be a BCBA, needs some knowledge about behavior)
  • a teacher representative (should be one of the teachers implementing the Pyramid Model Program)
Programs are encouraged to think critically about the number of members of this team. It is important that the PLT be representative of program staff while remaining small enough to make decisions about implementation. Team members will solicit input/feedback from the staff when making implementation decisions as guided by the data. Consider if your program is able to create and sustain a program Leadership Team to guide and use shared-decision making about implementation. (Substitutes may be needed to excuse a teacher from the classroom to participate in the Leadership Team meetings).
 
Please name the members of your Pyramid Model Program Leadership Team. Certain roles could be served by the same person if time allocation and experience/skill allow.

If you are a child care provider and need assistance in identifying Leadership Team members, please contact Melissa Crist at mcrist@uidaho.edu.
9. Do you plan to partner with other Early Childhood programs in your area? *This question is required.
Please only list identify the identified the appropriate staffing for your program.
Adminstrator's Name/Title:
Practitioner Coach:
Data Coordinator's Name:
Behavior Specialist's Name:

Data-based Decision Making
Data collection tools will be provided by the State Leadership Team (SLT). Training in use of the tools, including collecting and analyzing the data will be provided by the Program Coach with support from the SLT.

 
Level Data to be Collected
Program level Benchmarks of Quality - Bi-Annually (Fall/Spring)
Teacher level TPOT (Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool, ages 3-5) - Bi-Annually (Fall/Spring)
Internal 
Practitioner Coach Coaching Logs - Monthly
Child level Behavior Incident Report (BIR) forms - Annual Aggregated Number
Child Social and Emotional concerns
15. Please answer the following based on the classrooms you have identified to implement the Pyramid Model: *This question is required.
Space Cell Number of children not on an Individual Education Plan (IEP):Number of children on Individual Education Plan (IEP):Number of staff in classroom
Classroom #1
Optional Classroom #2
Optional Classroom #3
15. Please choose your program type: *This question is required.
15. Age range(s) of children you work with (check all that apply): *This question is required.
15. Early Childhood Education:
Level 2 or higher on the Idaho STARS Early Childhood Care and Education Career Pathway: *This question is required.
Idaho Pyramid Collaborative Training Requirements
 
Training # of Days Program Coach Site leadership Team Practitioner Coach Behavior Support Practitioners (Teachers) Data Coordinator
LT Team Training

June 2021
2 X X X X   X
Complete Pyramid Training Modules*
1-2 Fall 2021
3 X X X X X X
Practice Based Coaching
TBD
2 X   X      
Data Use and Visualization

TBD
2 ½ hour webinar X         X
Prevent- Teach- Reinforce for Young Children
TBD 2022
X     X    
Program Coach - monthly calls  1 hour monthly X          
  • Dates to be determined after sites are selected
  • Modules can be done on-line in certain cases (18 hours of video training)
  • The full Leadership Team (LT) must be present for the Program LT Training
  • Monthly calls for program coaches
  • A mid-year meeting of LT members, coaches and administrators
  • Additional people may attend each training if there is space
Introduction Email:


This  collaborative requires a Program Leadership Team (PLT), which guides the process to develop the infrastructure needed to implement Pyramid Model supports to staff and children within the classrooms. Program-Wide Implementation ensures that programs are focusing on both the adoption of evidence-based practices and the development of the infrastructure to support the sustainability of the practices. This level of implementation takes a great deal of commitment, time, effort and resources. Programs should consider implementation as a multi-year process that will involve, at a minimum, monthly Leadership Team meetings as well as a series of trainings and monthly data collection and analysis.