Connecticut Pyramid Model: A Community of Practice Model for Young Children’s Social Emotional Development


This education initiative of the Center for Excellence is funded by the Sate Department of Education. The goal is to help early childhood special education professionals to create learning environments where children are engaged, they feel good about coming to school, and where educators are able to teach children. Particular emphasis is placed on setting expectations, and teaching skills that students can learn in place of challenging behaviors. The entire program consists of three modules offered on separate days.


Modules and Select Topics:

Promoting Children's Success: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments

  • Overview of the Pyramid Model
  • Building relationships with children and families
  • Classroom team relationships
  • Schedules, routines, and transitions
  • Teaching classroom rules
  • Ongoing monitoring and positive encouragement

Social Emotional Teaching Strategies

  • Identifying the importance of teaching social emotional skills
  • Resources for teaching friendship skills
  • Teaching ways to enhance emotional literacy skills
  • Teaching ways to control anger and impulse
  • Teaching children to problem solve
  • Resoures for providing individual instruction
  • Planning instruction
  • Including families

Individualized Intensive Interventions: Determining the Meaning of Challenging Behavior

  • Understand the difference between positive behavioral supports (PBIS) and traditional discipline approaches
  • Identify the behavioral mechanisms that contribute to viewing challenging behavior as communicative
  • Describe methods that may be sued to determine the function of a challenging behavior

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Implementing Behavior Plans

May 2017 Pyramid Toolbox

Creating Plans to prevent Challenging Behaviors

April 2017 Toolbox


March 2017 Toolbox

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

February 2017 Toolbox

Importance of Teaching Friendships Skills

January 2017 Toolbox

Emotional Literacy and Problem Solving

December 2016 Toolbox

Supportive Enviroments

November 2016 Toolbox

Building Relationships

October 2016 Toolbox