•  November 16, 2017
     9:30 am - 4:30 pm

STRENGTHENING YOUNG CHILDREN’S SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS: THE PYRAMID MODEL Workshop Day 4: Individualized Intervention; Determining the Meaning of Behavior and Developing Appropriate Responses

Prerequisite(s) Required: STRENGTHENING YOUNG CHILDREN’S SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS: THE PYRAMID MODEL Workshop Day 2 and 3: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies and Teaching Strategies for Challenging Behavior and Problem-Solving

Learning Level 3: Advanced/Mastery

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

Participants must attend workshop days 1-3 prior to attending this workshop. This is the fourth 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 identify the steps of the process of Positive Behavior Support; and learn to define form and function of communication and identify the behavioral mechanisms that contribute to viewing challenging behavior as communicative. The steps of a functional assessment interview will be discussed. Participants will also understand the development of behavior support planning including: strategies that may be taught to prevent challenging behavior; identify replacement skills that may be taught to replace challenging behavior; and identify how to respond in a way that does not maintain or reinforce challenging behavior. There will also be the opportunity to use the knowledge gained from the entire workshop series to develop a behavior support plan for a case study child. 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 E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center

Presenter Bios


  • 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.
  • 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.


5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois, United States

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