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07 January 2019 |

By Christine Merle

Early Childhood Strategies that Work with Every Age Group

As an educator who has the opportunity to visit classrooms across a wide variety of ages, I am amazed at how many of early childhood strategies translate easily to settings with older children.  Think about the following social and emotional skills and ask yourself if you can see their value – even when working with other adults! 

07 January 2019 |

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.

30 November 2018 |

Gratitude.  It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot this time of year.  But what does it really mean when all the messages we receive are about getting and buying rather than making and giving?

15 October 2018 |

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.

17 September 2018 |

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.