A Practical Guide for Preschool Teachers
Unpacking the Pyramid Model
Early Childhood

Created by the Pyramid Model developers and experts with extensive training experience, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive, step‐by‐step overview of the Pyramid Model for children ages 2–5. Early childhood educators will get a complete overview of the framework, plus in‐depth guidance, evidence‐based strategies, and helpful checklists for implementing all tiers of the Pyramid Model: universal, targeted, and individualized.

Contains Companion Materials
53909 978-1-68125-390-9
2021 208
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For more than a decade, the widely used Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children has been helping early educators use research‐based practices to boost social‐emotional development. Now there’s a practical guide that makes it easier than ever to implement this highly effective framework in preschool classrooms.

Created by the Pyramid Model developers and experts with extensive training experience, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive, step‐by‐step overview of the Pyramid Model for children ages 2–5. Early childhood educators will get a complete overview of the framework, plus in‐depth guidance, evidence‐based strategies, and helpful checklists for implementing all tiers of the Pyramid Model: universal, targeted, and individualized.

Ideal for use in teacher trainings, preservice methods courses, and individual professional development, Unpacking the Pyramid Model will give current and future educators the foundational skills they need to promote positive behavior and build all young children’s social‐emotional competence.

Learn how to use the Pyramid Model to:

  • Construct a positive classroom environment that supports access and engagement for all students
  • Develop predictable schedules and routines that maximize participation and learning
  • Clearly define and teach behavior expectations and rules
  • Deliver intentional, explicit instruction in social‐emotional competence
  • Support smooth and streamlined transitions that prevent challenging behavior
  • Create a culture of friendship and actively teach children friendship skills
  • Teach children about emotions and help them develop a “feeling vocabulary”
  • Give children the skills they need to solve interpersonal problems appropriately
  • Provide individualized support for children with persistent challenging behavior

See more resources on supporting children's social-emotional competence with the Pyramid Model.

About the Downloads
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Rosemarie Allen
Mary Louise Hemmeter, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Lise Fox, & Barbara Smith

1   Overview of the Pyramid Model
  Lise Fox, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, & Robert M. Corso

2   Creating Connections With Children
  Kathleen Artman-Meeker, Amy Hunter, & Tweety Yates

3   Promoting Positive Child Outcomes Through Family Partnerships
  Jaclyn D. Joseph, Meghan von der Embse, & Alana G. Schnitz

4   Building Collaborative Relationships With Colleagues
  Kiersten A. Kinder, Amanda C. Quesenberry, & Gregory A. Cheatham

5   Creating Classroom Environments That Support Young Children
  Jessica K. Hardy, Rosa Milagros Santos, & Sharon L. Doubet

6   Designing Classroom Schedules and Routines
  Edward H. Bovey, Eleanor C. Bold, Abby Hodges, & Phillip S. Strain

7   Planning and Implementing Transitions in Early Childhood Classrooms
  Jessica K. Hardy, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Lise Fox, & Michaelene M. Ostrosky

8   Teaching Expectations and Rules
  Denise Perez Binder, Rochelle Lentini, & Elizabeth A. Steed

9   Promoting Children’s Engagement
  Ronald Roybal, Edward H. Bovey, Eleanor C. Bold, Abby Hodges, & Phillip S. Strain

10   Effective Teaching Strategies for Facilitating Social-Emotional Skills for all Children
  Erin E. Barton, Angel Fettig, Elizabeth A. Pokorski, & Shawna Harbin

11   Using Positive Descriptive Feedback to Improve Children’s Behavior
  Maureen A. Conroy & Kevin S. Sutherland

12   Friendship Skills and Strategies for Teaching Them
  Lori E. Meyer, Molly E. Milam, & Michaelene M. Ostrosky

13   Teaching Social Problem Solving
  Adrienne K. Golden, Abby L. Taylor, Jarrah Korba, & Mary Louise Hemmeter

14   Strategies to Foster Emotional Literacy
  Gail E. Joseph, Tweety Yates, & Michaelene M. Ostrosky

15   Understanding, Preventing, and Responding to Challenging Behavior
  Kathleen Artman-Meeker, Erin E. Barton, Phillip S. Strain, & Mary Louise Hemmeter

16   Implementing Individualized Behavior Support for Children with Persistent Challenging Behavior
  Lise Fox, Glen Dunlap, & Jolenea Ferro

17   Implementing Pyramid Model Practices to Make a Difference for Children
  Patricia Snyder, Crystal D. Bishop, Darbianne Shannon, & Tara McLaughlin


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: Midwest Book Review - March 1, 2021
"Especially and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library preschool education collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists ... [also] noted for the personal reading lists of daycare center staff, preschool teachers, school administrators, teacher education students, [and] academia."
Judith Carta, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Professor, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas - September 1, 2020
Unpacking the Pyramid Model is a clear and comprehensive roadmap for implementing the Pyramid Model. Hemmeter, Ostrosky, and Fox and an all-star cast have distilled a wide array of research-based Pyramid practices into a guide that will be helpful for brand-new teachers and veteran early educators alike. Every teacher of young children should have this book and learn from the experts.”
Susan Sandall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Washington - August 20, 2020
“We’ve been waiting for this book and now it’s here! Unpacking the Pyramid Model is an invaluable resource for anyone in the field of early care and education. It’s evidence-based. It’s feasible. And the authors have struck an inspirational tone. Students and practicing teachers will want to try out these strategies in their own classrooms. I’m excited to recommend this book.”
Marilou Hyson, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, UNICEF and The World Bank - August 20, 2020
“Will be an essential resource at a time when preschool teachers encounter new classroom configurations, new roles and stresses for families, and new sources of children’s struggles with their emotions and behavior. Each concise, practical chapter is a gift, offering visual examples of classroom tools, real-world anecdotes, and easy-to-use checklists that encourage teachers to reflect on and strengthen their practices. By using this book, teachers will become more empathic and effective in their essential work with young children and their families.”
Jennifer Grisham, Ed.D., Professor, University of Kentucky, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Faculty Director, Early Childhood Lab - August 20, 2020
“An invaluable resource that focuses on social-emotional development: arguably, the most important aspect of learning for young children. Organized nicely around each component of the Pyramid Model, the book is full of examples and resources that would prove useful to early childhood educators who are teaching children with a wide variety of learning needs.”
Geneva Hallett, M.A.Ed., Director, Principal Investigator, The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion, University of Colorado Denver - August 20, 2020
“A must read...The authors have unpacked the research and practices in the Pyramid Model in a straightforward manner, using classroom scenarios, teacher self-reflection, observation, data collection, and monitoring as the best practice methodology while stressing the importance of family partnerships and inclusion strategies as critical components of this work.”
Janene Swalwell, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Pyramid Model Australia Inc. - August 20, 2020
“A comprehensive guide for early educators wanting to enhance their strategies to promote young children’s social-emotional learning, address challenging behavior, and have harmonious classrooms…Unpacking the Pyramid Model will be very valuable to advancing early education and care practices in every country.”
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of Washington - August 20, 2020
“The authors present important information about the Pyramid Model in a format that will be accessible to practitioners in many different settings. The authors’ emphasis on creating supports that are authentic and sustainable will help make this resource even more valuable. I know that this book is going to become a go-to resource!”
Smokie Brawley, Statewide Project Manager, NC Healthy Social Behaviors Project - August 20, 2020
“Will become the go-to guide for all those in early childhood seeking to understand the Pyramid Model…the narrative thoroughly explains each indicator, the scenarios are relatable, the checklists are focused, the strategies are engaging, and the examples and resources provided for strategies are the icing on the cake. This book will become required reading for new Pyramid Model coaches, a curriculum support in higher education courses, and a treasured reference guide for educators in early childhood classrooms.”
Margo Candelaria, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Co-Director, Parent, Infant, Early Childhood (PIEC) Program, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work - August 20, 2020
“An excellent resource...grounded in evidence-based principles and relational work with children as well as families and other team members. A particular strength is the plethora of concrete tools and activities that can be used to assist with high-fidelity implementation of the Pyramid Model, and the real stories of preschool classrooms woven throughout.”
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Checklists of effective practices for each chapter