•  October 17, 2018
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Strengthening Young Children’s Social and Emotional Skills: The Pyramid Model Day 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE Educators, 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 E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Emily Reilly
    Emily Reilly, Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I and III is a proven leader with 14 years of experience in early care and education. Emily has served in a variety of leadership roles in the field including master teacher, associate director, college instructor, trainer and IL AEYC board member. Emily presents on a variety of topics including anti-bias curriculum, project approach, inclusive practices, reflective practice, and portfolios. She is passionate about supporting adult learners in improving their practice, specifically when it comes to making sure all children and families feel a sense of belonging and community. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, trying new foods, and hanging out with her family.
  • Roseann Slaght
    Roseann Slaght has worked as a Family Resource Specialist for STARnet for 23 years. Her goals are to embrace inclusive practices, and find ways to support each child in order to develop their full potential, and include parents as partners in the learning process. She is a parent of two adult men with significant disabilities. In her spare time, she is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Rose earned her degree in Child Development.


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