Let's Talk! Webinar
What Works in Reducing Suspensions and Disproportionality: The Pyramid Model
November 18, 2019
Duration: 55 min
Panelists will share their experiences as a Pyramid Equity Program (PEP) site, discussing what worked, challenges and overall success in implementing the Pyramid Model, with a specific focus on addressing equity. They will share their experiences using equity tools such as the Behavior Incident Reporting System (BIRS) and the Pyramid Model Coaching Equity Guide.
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Rosemarie Allen, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. She is also the President & CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Allen was appointed a Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum on Early Care and Education. She collaborates with professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries who meet to share inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, M.Ed from Lesley University and EdD in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Raquel Lima, Clifton Early Learner Academy, Clifton, NJRaquel Lima has worked closely with the faculty from the University of South Florida and has received extensive training in the Pyramid Model through the Pyramid Equity Project. Her primary role is developing the program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model and supporting students’ social emotional development. Her practice involves working with teachers and families and using the Pyramid Model to support young children’s social emotional development and reduce challenging behavior. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Manhattan College, a Preschool- Grade 3 Teaching Certificate, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Ashley Lofties, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN
Mrs. Ashley Lofties is the School Counselor at Cambridge Early Learning Center (ELC). Cambridge ELC is one of four all pre-kindergarten schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools, and one of two schools in the country that were selected to participate in the Pyramid Equity Project. Mrs. Lofties leads the implementation of the Pyramid Equity Project at Cambridge ELC, as well as the data collection and input for the school. The Pyramid Equity Project examines implicit bias in discipline and provides training and coaching regarding culturally responsive classrooms and implementing the Pyramid Model with fidelity. Mrs. Lofties worked as an Early Childhood Mental Health/School-based Therapist and School Counselor since 2006, and has been with MNPS since the opening of the Early Learning Centers in 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Creighton University and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.