By Ellen Leopold, Pyramid Model Master Cadre Trainer
The Pyramid Model is a social and emotional learning framework that-- when implemented with fidelity-- promotes young children’s healthy development, and prevents challenging behaviors. The core work in the Model focuses on building adults’ skills so that they can support children’s social and emotional health. This is done through strengthening relationships and directly teaching emotional literacy, self-regulation, listening, friendship skills, and basic problem solving. The Model addresses how and when to identify and provide for children who may need individualized supports.
Welcome to October!! By now, the smell has faded from your new school year calendar, you have already lost, lent, or given away many of your writing utensils, and the day-to-day challenges have begun to set in. At the same time, your routines are established, your students know what to do, and you are likely through your review period and into teaching new material.
New York State's new mental health literacy curriculum is now in effect for the 2018-19 school year. As it has rolled out, there has been some confusion about whether social and emotional learning programs, curricula, strategies, and practices are enough to satisfy this new law.