•  September 20, 2017
     8:00 am - 3:30 pm

STRENGTHENING YOUNG CHILDREN’S SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS: THE PYRAMID MODEL Workshop Day 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Educators

This is the first of four workshop days based on the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Confidence. The Pyramid Model has been embedded in programs throughout the world as a comprehensive, multi-tiered, team-based approach to understanding children’s behavior, which includes prevention, promotion, and intervention practices. During this workshop, participants will discuss the relationships between challenging behavior and social emotional development while examining their own attitudes about challenging behavior; and describe the importance of building relationships between children, families, and colleagues. Participants will also learn strategies that can be used to build positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues and be able to design effective preschool environments. They will learn the importance of consistent schedules and routines; structuring transitions; help children learn rules and routines with clear directions/expectations; and plan activities that promote engagement. This workshop will also provide an opportunity to look at how to use ongoing monitoring and positive attention to support children’s social behaviors. To fully understand and embed the Pyramid Model within your program, participants are encouraged to attend all four workshops in this series as a team from your program.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 6 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area B (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center

Presenter Bios


  • Bridget Meis
    Bridget Meis, M.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. During her time with STARnet, she has presented on a variety of topics including: Apps and Assistive Technology, Social/Emotional development, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Portfolios, Lesson Planning, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Science and Mathematics, STEAM and Family Engagement. Bridget has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Bridget has worked in a variety of early childhood programs with diverse groups of children from as young as six weeks old to children in fifth grade. Bridget has served children and families in private childcare programs and most recently with Head Start.
  • Cecilia Mintz
    Cecilia Mintz, B.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Cecilia has worked with a diverse population at Head Start. While working with Head Start she guided children with Project Approach. Cecilia worked at engaging families in their child’s education by encouraging their input on family goals involving their child. She collaborated with local education agencies on IEPs.


5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois, United States

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