Technical Assistance

Statewide Implementation of the Pyramid Model within Preschool Programs
Application for Intensive Technical Assistance

Table 1: NCPMI and State Responsibilities and Resources

 

NCPMI Responsibilities & Resources

State Responsibilities & Resources

Planning/Policy/Sustainability

Planning/Policy/Sustainability

A NCPMI State Planning TA professional(s) will be assigned to your state to provide TA to the state leadership team that will lead the Pyramid Model initiative.

Establish (identify) a state leadership team. The IDEA 619 Preschool Coordinator will convene the state team of decision makers or their representatives. Participants must include a team member from your OSEP-funded state Parent Training and Information Center or Community Parent Resource Center. Other key members include the Part C Coordinator, personnel involved in typical preschool settings such as Head Start, Child Care, public school preschool, and other inclusive programs and settings where children with disabilities or at risk for disabilities and their families receive their special education  and related services. Other agencies we recommend as germane to the initiative include: statewide T/TA initiatives, PBS Initiatives, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Child Welfare, family organizations, and higher education (community college, 4-year institutions, etc.).

We recommend no more than 10-12 members (may be a steering committee of a larger group). Letters of commitment acknowledge agreement to multi-year participation for implementation and scale-up.

The state leadership team will work with NCPMI to: 1) establish support and supervision of the state professional development network of program coaches; 2) recruit and select the professional development network of program coaches; 3) organize and attend Pyramid Model training events; 4) develop system for the recruitment of Pyramid Model implementation sites; 5) establish policies and procedures for data collection from local programs; 6) to evaluate the effort; and 7) develop policies and procedures and a sustainability plan to ensure the continuation and growth of the Pyramid Model and practices in the state.

Provide ongoing support to the Coordinator of the State Leadership Team. Help with agenda setting and team process, and provide documents, materials, telephone TA, etc. Review minutes from meetings. Provide information on the Pyramid Model and meet with the state team. Attend initial meetings to help support the planning process. Attend 4 meetings of the state leadership team in the first year to help develop and refine the model and approach.

Identify and appoint a state Coordinator(s) who will coordinate the work of the state leadership team and act as liaison to NCPMI. Convene at least monthly meetings to develop and monitor progress of the model.

Provide guidance to the state on the resources and supports that are needed for implementation and sustainability.

Allocate a minimum of $20,000 per year to cover costs related to state meetings, professional development costs, support to implementation sites, and support to professional development network of program coaches. These funds might come from current budgets, collaborative agencies, grants, or other sources.

Assist the State Leadership Team in using the State Benchmarks of Quality (link to state BoQ) to assess current status and next steps and develop an implementation and sustainability plan to guide the work and evaluation activities.

Develop a strategic implementation and sustainability plan.

Provide plans, strategies, and materials for informing other states.

Provide information to other states.

Professional Development Network of Program Coaches

Professional Development Network of Program Coaches

A NCPMI professional development team will be assigned to your state. The NCPMI professional development team will assist in the identification of the state professional development network of program coaches. The professional development network of program coaches will provide both training and coaching to implementation sites. These activities include:  training of practitioners, training of practitioner coaches from implementation coaches, training and support to program leadership teams, and training/guidance related to data decision-making.

Identify a state cadre of accomplished T/TA professionals who will serve as the professional development network of program coaches and provide ongoing training and external coaching to local programs for their implementation of Pyramid Model practices.

The professional development team will collaborate with the state team in the design of professional development training events.

Develop a training plan for implementation of train-the-trainer events and follow up coaching/TA.

The professional development team will provide sample agendas, training modules, and materials to be distributed to the trainers in the state professional development network; evaluation documents; and follow-up TA.

Select a Training Coordinator (could be the State Coordinator as described above) who will provide oversight to the activities of the professional development network of program coaches, identify implementation programs, invite trainees, be responsible for training logistics, and coordinate evaluation activities related to training and implementation programs. The Coordinator will be a member of the State Leadership Team and will report on the professional development network and implementation sites to the state leadership team, attend all the trainings, and serve as point of contact for trainers and NCPMI.

NCPMI professional development team will provide training events and guide the professional development network of program coaches in their use of training materials.

Program coaches attend all training events. Program coaches are mentored to continue implementation of training events with new cohorts of teams.

NCPMI will assist in identifying practitioner coaches from local implementation programs, train coaches in the use of practice-based coaching and provide online TA to the first cohort of practitioner coaches.

Program coaches will participate in the training and support of practitioner coaches from implementation sites and provide support and training to new cohorts of practitioner coaches.

 

Program Coaches will:

  • Provide a minimum of one coaching visit/contact per month to the program leadership team to guide implementation and support the delivery of coaching and use of data tools
  • Monitor the implementation progress and fidelity of implementation
  • Coordinate collection of implementation site data on implementation outcomes
  • Report regularly to state leadership team and Training Coordinator.

Implementation Programs

Implementation Programs

The NCPMI professional development team will assist in the identification of implementation programs. This process includes providing exploration materials and assessing readiness.

The professional development team will provide ongoing TA to implementation sites and to the program coaches working with those sites.

The professional development team will provide evaluation and observation protocols.

Select a minimum of 3 programs across the state that are high quality programs serving young children with or at risk for disabilities in inclusive settings.

Programs must identify a leadership team (program director, practitioner coach, program professionals, professional to provide behavior support, and other members) to attend 4 days of implementation training, 3 days of practice training, and participate in monthly distance education events.

Programs must be of high quality; have strong leadership, stable funding, adequate resources, and stable staff; and be committed to the Pyramid Model.

Programs must identify practitioners that will attend 3 days of practitioner training events and commit to post-training implementation, monthly leadership team meetings, and participation in coaching.

Programs must identify a professional who will serve in the role of a behavior specialist and implement a collaborative teaming process to develop individualized behavior support plans. NCPMI will train and mentor these professionals.

Sites must identify a person(s) who will serve in the role of practitioner coach and attend an initial 2-day training on the use of practice-based coaching, a 2-day training on the use of the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT), and monthly coaching calls.

Programs must be willing to work collaboratively with the Program Coach and NCPMI team to ensure implementation of practices and fidelity of implementation and to collect observational and other data on family, child, and program outcomes.

Programs must be willing to serve as a state demonstration and provide presentations and information to other programs interested in implementation and outcomes related to Pyramid Model implementation.

Evaluation

Evaluation

NCPMI will support the state in evaluation activities including instruments and procedures for data collection and analyses.

The Coordinator(s) will work with NCPMI staff and the state leadership team to design and conduct an evaluation of all major activities. Evaluation will include:

  State Planning:

  • State Leadership Team Benchmarks of Quality
  • Action Plan and progress toward implementation of plan
  • Meeting minutes and meeting evaluations
  • Sustainability Plan (policies, resources, etc.)
  • Institutionalizing the Pyramid Model and practices into professional development (e.g., integrating practices into certification competencies, higher education programs, etc.)

  State Professional Development Network of Program Coaches::

  • Program coaching implementation
  • Evaluations of training events
  • Follow-up electronic survey of trainers and their trainings/coaching, including barriers and supports to providing training and coaching

   Implementation Sites:

  • Program fidelity of implementation
  • Practitioner fidelity of implementation
  • Practitioner coaching implementation
  • Child social emotional outcomes