Technical Assistance

Bringing the Pyramid Model to Early Intervention: Training Trainers to Deliver Pyramid Practices Training

Application for Targeted Technical Assistance

Info Session Webinar: August 5, 2020 at 3pm EDT
Application Deadline: August 17, 2020
Selected States and Trainers Notified: September 8, 2020
TA begins: October 13, 2020 at 2pm EDT

This Targeted 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 training early interventionists to use the Pyramid Model practices.

State Part C Coordinators, in collaboration with the State Leadership Team, are invited to nominate up to 3 Trainers to participate 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 targeted TA to professionals who coach, train, or otherwise provide assistance to support Pyramid Model implementation within Part C.

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 trainers and coaches.

Purpose

The TA is to provide distance support, information, and guidance to a group of trainers for 1 year with the purpose of enhancing their skills and understanding to:

  • Provide ongoing training to local Part C agencies and early interventionists,
  • Increase expertise and capacity to support local agencies and early interventionists in the implementation of Pyramid Model practices,
  • Work with program and state leadership teams to plan and implement professional development regarding Pyramid Model implementation in Part C.

The TA does not include on-site, face-to-face technical assistance or training.

Targeted TA to be Provided by NCPMI:

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

TA activities will include:

  • Monthly, 1-1/2 hour, web-based conference calls in which information will be provided and group members will share questions, experiences, approaches, and resources. Calls begin Tuesday October 13, 2020 (11:00am PT / 12:00pm MT / 1:00pm CT / 2:00pm ET). Calls occur the second Tuesday of each month thru July 13, 2021. 
  • Pre-work and review of documents sent prior to monthly calls.
  • Between calls “assignments” that will be supported by NCPMI staff.
  • Monthly individual consultation with assigned NCPMI staff to access resources based on individual needs.
  • Face-to-face meeting at the 2021 National Training Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida (optional activity; participants to support their own travel).

Expectation of State and Trainers:

  • The Part C coordinator and state leadership team will: 1) recruit and select appropriate participants for the TA opportunity; 2) commit to 1 year of targeted TA for participants; 3) ensure commitments from participants and supervisors, etc., if necessary.
  • Participating trainers will participate in all conference calls; complete required work and read all materials between conference calls; and maintain communication with NCPMI staff between conference calls.
  • Part C coordinators will monitor participation of selected trainers.
  • Participating trainers will participate in evaluation activities including evaluation of the TA provided and reporting on training activities and outcomes.

Application Requirements

  1. The application must be submitted electronically by the State Part C Coordinator.
  2. The State Leadership Team (SLT) must approve of the application. Attach a letter of commitment from the Coordinator or Chair of the SLT.
  3. Include a list and contact information for one to three people nominated for this TA. Nominees must have training experience and are expected to either have or will be providing Pyramid Model training through the State.
    1. All nominees must complete an application survey by the application deadline of August 17, 2020.
  4. Describe your current implementation of Pyramid Model Practices, with emphasis on your professional development system. This section should include:
    1. Description of your state context, state leadership team, how long you’ve been implementing Pyramid Model, and the number of sites implementing within Part C or the plans for expanding Pyramid Model implementation to Part C.
    2. Description of your current professional development system.
      1. Include the reason you believe this TA will benefit your state.
      2. 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 trainers during the year in which this TA will occur.

Information Session

TA Information Session

Recorded on August 5, 2020 at 3pm EDT

NCPMI staff outline the basic structure and content of the TA, and will review the application process.

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Support for your Application

Information Resources

Trainer Survey

IMPORTANT: All nominatees must complete a trainer application survey by the application deadline of August 17, 2020.

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(https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29UyfxocfO60aAR)

Questions

If you have questions about the technical assistance or your application, contact Erin Barton (erin.e.barton@vanderbilt.edu) or Lise Fox (lisefox@usf.edu).

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