Sites Other Than Demonstration Sites that Implement the Pyramid Model
There are a variety of programs implementing the Pyramid Model in Nebraska. If your program would like to be included in this section, contact the Early Childhood Training Center.
Crete received a Foundations for Learning Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. They spent the first year working on buy-in and emphasizing the need for intentionally teaching social and emotional skills. Two preschool teachers attended the Addressing Challenging Behaviors Conference in Clearwater, Florida. They came back excited and ready to change the way they were doing many things in their rooms. They shared what they learned with the other teachers and their enthusiasm was contagious. They also created "PBS Bags" for all of the rooms with "Super Friend Capes," "Tommy Turtle" books, stuffed turtles, etc. Nancy Thompson, an Omaha mental health therapist, was brought in to work with the preschool teachers. She shared insights, ideas, and helpful hints.
The Pyramid Model provided the structure for putting together a leadership team that ultimately helped to create a better preschool program. There are now consistent rules throughout the program, building, and buses; a Student Assistant Team (S.A.T.), with all of the necessary paperwork to deal with behavior issues and referrals; a parent handbook in both Spanish and English; better tracking of preschool children, transportation, etc. Also, there are now teachers who are seeing results from their efforts of teaching rules and using positive suggestions. In 2009, they conducted a series of parent trainings that taught the same concepts used at school to parents so they could use them at home as well: family rules, positive reinforcement, and routines. That series will be repeated.
The school psychologist, the S.A.T., and the teacher, along with parents, have been able to solve any issues that were disruptive to the classroom and a problem for the child. There was not a single child needing intensive intervention in 2009.