The Pyramid Model/EC-PBIS: Preventing Bias, Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Childhood Settings

November, 2015
Duration: 1hr 17 min

Rob Corso, Barbara J. Smith, Rosemarie Allen, Jermall Wright and Patti Willardson

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Concerns about racial bias and the expulsion and suspension of young children with challenging behavior from early education and care programs has recently received notable national attention including a joint policy statement from the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. This webinar provides an important discussion on how program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model (i.e., early childhood PBIS) is used to ensure that all children, including children with persistent challenging behavior, are supported within a program without the use of expulsion or suspension.

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Rob Corso

Rob Corso, PhD is the Executive Director of the Pyramid Model Consortium.  Previously he served as the Project Coordinator of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) project and was a member of the leadership team for the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL). Dr. Corso’s expertise includes the evaluation of professional development projects for programs serving young children and their families.

Barbara Smith

Barbara J. Smith, PhD is a Research Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She has been an early childhood teacher; Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Policy Specialist, CEC; Program Specialist, OSEP and currently serves on the Leadership Team of the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center as well as co-director of an early childhood policy doctoral program. Dr. Smith was an early developer of the Pyramid Model leadership strategies and partners with the Pyramid Model Consortium.

Rosemarie Allen

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for over 30 years.  She currently teaches at Metro State University of Denver.  Rosemarie served as a State Administrator from 2007 - 2013 as Director of the Division of Child Care in the Colorado Department of Human Services. Rosemarie has also served as Director of Programs at the Division of Youth Corrections where she was responsible for the education, health, and mental health of all adjudicated youth in the State. 

Jermall Wright

Jermall Wright started his career in education in 1997 as a 5th grade and middle school social studies teacher in Jacksonville, FL.  Since then, he has served as an assistant principal with Alachua County Public Schools (Gainesville, FL), as an elementary and secondary school principal for ten years with The Potter’s House Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL), Duval County Public Schools (Jacksonville, FL), and with the District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, D.C.).  Currently, he serves as an Instructional Superintendent, supervising turnaround elementary schools in the Denver Public School system.

Patti Willardson

Patti Willardson is the Direction of Education at Bal Swan Children's Center.  Bal Swan is located in Broomfield, Colorado and serves 320-340 children in fully inclusive classrooms and has been engaged in program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model for the past 8 years.  Patti has a master’s degree in speech language pathology and early education teaching licensure.  Prior to becoming the Director of Education, she served in roles as a classroom teacher and speech language pathologist.