Technical Assistance

Implementing Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children

Application for Technical Assistance

Application Deadline: May 3, 2019
Selected States and PTRYC Coaches Notified: May 10, 2019
TA begins: August 2019

This Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity is for States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations that want to build, strengthen, or expand their professional development network (PDN) system for providing coaching to implementation sites in Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children (PTRYC).  

State 619 Coordinators, in collaboration with the State Leadership Team, are invited to nominate up to 10 program coaches to receive specialty training in PTRYC by participating in this opportunity.

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) has been funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the US Department of Education to build the capacity of state systems to implement and sustain the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social Emotional Competence of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children (Pyramid Model). One means of doing this is to build the state’s professional development capacity by providing TA to professionals who coach and provide assistance to Pyramid Model implementation sites around intensive intervention for severe and persistent challenging behavior.

To qualify for this TA opportunity, states must provide evidence that they are implementing the Pyramid Model and either have or are building a Professional Development Network (PDN) of coaches.


The TA is to provide distance support, information, and guidance to a group of PTRYC Coaches for 2 years with the purpose of enhancing their skills and understanding to:

  • Provide ongoing coaching to local Pyramid Model implementation sites and leadership teams
  • Increase expertise and capacity to support program’s use of PTRYC
  • Guide Behavior Support Facilitators and Practitioner Coaches in their work with classroom teachers
  • Provide training in the use of PTRYC

The TA includes one on-site, face-to-face technical training followed by distance, online support and assistance.

TA to be Provided by NCPMI:

Specialized TA is based on needs common to multiple recipients and is not extensively individualized. This TA will be provided to a group of ProgramCoaches and will be tailored with consideration of the contexts in which they work.

TA activities will include:

  • One in-person, one-day training.
  • Calls begin in August 2019. Times and days will be determined based on participant availability. Frequency of calls includes:
    • Weekly (for one month starting in month 1), 1-1/2 hour, web-based conference calls in which web-based conference calls in which information will be provided and group members will share questions, experiences, approaches, and resources.
    • Bi-Weekly (for one month starting in month 2), 1-1/2 hour, web-based conference calls in which web-based conference calls in which information will be provided and group members will share questions, experiences, approaches, and resources.
    • Monthly (ongoing starting in month 3), 1-1/2 hour, web-based conference calls in which information will be provided and group members will share questions, experiences, approaches, and resources.
  • Pre-work and review of documents sent prior to calls.
  • Between calls “assignments” that will be supported by NCPMI staff.
  • Face-to-face meeting at the 2020 National Training Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida (optional activity; participants to support their own travel).

Expectation of State and Program Coaches:

  • The 619 coordinator and state leadership team will: 1) recruit and select appropriate participants for the TA opportunity; 2) commit to 2 years of TA for participants; 3) ensure commitments from participants and supervisors, etc., if necessary.
  • Participants in the TA will actively engaged in all conference calls; complete required work and read all materials between conference calls; and maintain communication with NCPMI staff between conference calls.
  • State 619 coordinator will monitor participation of selected coach(es) and ensure that coaches are experienced in Pyramid Model practices and Practice-based coaching.
  • Participants in the TA will participate in evaluation activities including evaluation of the TA provided and reporting on activities and outcomes.

Application Requirements

  1. The application must be submitted electronically by the State 619 Coordinator.
  2. Attach a letter of commitment from the Coordinator or Chair of the SLT. The State Leadership Team (SLT) must approve of the application.
  3. A list of nominated coaches (up to 10) with contact information and a 1 page bio for each nominated coach. Nominated Program Coaches must have experience in training and supporting Pyramid Model implementation sites.
  4. Describe your current implementation of Pyramid Model Practices, with emphasis on your system for coaching implementation sites. This section should include:
    1. Description of your state context, state leadership team, how long you’ve been implementing Pyramid Model, number of sites implementing within the state, and the data system you use for both outcome and fidelity measures.  
    2. Description of your current use of coaches supporting PTRYC and/or PTRYC coaches and your PDN.
      1. Include the number of coaches supporting PTRYC and number of implementation sites to which they are assigned. Briefly identify coach responsibilities (e.g., training, TA, coaching).
      2. Identify the strengths and challenges of your PDN.
      3. Include the reason you believe this TA will benefit your current or proposed PDN.
      4. Describe any other major professional development network/system or efforts in your state that are related to implementation of evidence-based practices to address young children’s social/emotional outcomes. Include a description of how these will align with your participation in this TA opportunity.
    3. Include a letter committing to release time for each nominated program coach who will receive the PTRYC specialty training during the two years in which this TA will occur.

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