Professional Development Components of the Teaching Pyramid
The Teaching Pyramid is the name used to describe the framework developed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). The descriptions on these pages are for the WestEd adaptation of this framework. Based on recommendations for achieving implementation with fidelity and sustainability over time, there are four recommended components offered by WestEd staff in professional development packages. Components include 1) a leadership team; 2) training series (three modules for staff and training of facilitators for parent training and specialized training for those developing behavior support plans); 3) coaching (including mentorship for internal coaches); and 4) follow-up for sustainability. The training and technical assistance (leadership team/coaching) occurs over the course of six to nine months.
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Coaching by WestEd staff provides onsite, strength-based support, and technical assistance for teachers, and mentoring for internal coaches in enhancing understanding and applying the Teaching Pyramid practices in the classroom. The coach helps staff take what they've learned in the training series and make it meaningful to the work in their classrooms.