Teaching Pyramid
Teaching Pyramid
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  • Participants interacting during Teaching Pyramid activity
  • A toddler in pajamas
  • Teaching Pyramid activity involving toy blocks
  • Group of diverse children standing in front of a Super Friend poster
  • Group of adults cheering during a Teaching Pyramid activity

What is the Teaching Pyramid

The Teaching Pyramid approach provides a systematic framework that promotes social and emotional development, provides support for children"s appropriate behavior, prevents challenging behavior, and addresses problematic behavior. The WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies offers comprehensive professional development packages for infant/toddler, preschool, and early elementary educators. WestEd"s Teaching Pyramid is based on evidence-based practice originally developed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL), authorized by California Department of Education (CDE), and aligned with California"s Early Learning and Development System.

Based on recommendations for achieving implementation with fidelity and sustainability over time, there are four recommended components offered by WestEd staff.

Tools to support children's return to an educational routine during the pandemic. These tips can be used at home as well as in the classroom.