• Day 1 (Workshop)
     February 21, 2018
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Day 2 (Workshop)
     February 22, 2018
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Strengthening Young Children’s Social and Emotional Skills: The Pyramid Model Days 2 & 3: Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies and Teaching Strategies for Challenging Behavior and Problem Solving

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

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

Participants must attend workshop day 1 prior to attending. Workshop days 2 and 3 are a combined 12-hour workshop, attendance at both days is required to receive a certificate. This is the second and third 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 workshop day 2, participants will discuss why it is important to be more intentional about teaching social emotional skills at the preschool level and be able to identify strategies for supporting the development of friendship skills. Workshop content will include the importance of emotional literacy and identify strategies that build “feeling vocabularies”, while deepening participants understanding about the importance of providing opportunities for children to begin to understand their own as well as others’ emotions. During workshop day 3, participants will recognize and discuss why children need to learn to control anger and handle disappointment and be able to identify strategies to teach anger management skills. Participants will understand the importance of teaching problem solving; be able to identify problem-solving steps; recognize the importance of and identify strategies for individualizing instruction; and discuss strategies for partnering with families. To fully understand and embed the Pyramid Model within your program, participants are encouraged to attend all four workshop days in this series as a team from your program.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 12 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 E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • 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.


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