Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

This will be fantastic! Have you registered for NIOST’s ‘Leading for Quality’ Training designed for NJSACC? 5/28 5/29 5/30

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

Come to the National Institute on Out-of-School Time’s Leading for Qualitytraining designed specifically for NJSACC. This new training is for directors of all experience levels who run single or multi-site programs. Join afterschool and extended day professionals who want to boost their leadership skills, create a plan for program improvements and strengthen their organization through a variety of hands on, experiential learning activities.

Date: May 28, 29 & 30, 2014


Time: 9am – 2pm each day / Registration will begin at 8:30am


Place: NJSACC, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090


Cost: $120 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials each day

Goals of Training: 

  • Learn how to promote high quality programs and engage families
  • Learn how to hire, orient and support staff properly
  • Take tips back to your program to meet the needs of children through engagement in learning and building supportive staff relationships
  • Build your leadership skills with hands on activities

Targeted Audience are Directors who are:

  • Ready to increase their management and leadership skills
  • New or from programs experiencing challenges such as staff turnover, budget constraints, or other organizational issues
  • Seeking to make changes

Training Content: 

  • 3 days of hands on, interactive training incorporating the NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool
  • Trainer will assist directors in beginning to set goals for staff development, programmatic and other quality improvements
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive notebook for personal reflection and reference

Last day to register will be Friday, May 16, 2014. No refunds will be given afterMay 16, 2014 but substitutions can be made at any time.

Click here to register by Friday 5/16/14

New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership: A Working Group of the New Jersey Council for Young Children

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership is working to accomplish these five specific goals:
  1. To develop and maintain an interagency, collaborative state leadership team to develop policies, procedures, and other mechanisms for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of a standardized professional development system that supports the use of The Pyramid Model and practices;
  2. To connect currently existing systems and programs in the statewide implementation of The Pyramid Model;
  3. To provide all of the early childhood community with the support needed to implement The Pyramid Model with fidelity;
  4. To ensure families are knowledgeable about and have access to programs that implement The Pyramid Model; and
  5. To ensure that the public and public and private funding sources recognize The Pyramid Model as an evidence-based approach that promotes the healthy social-emotional development of infants and young children.

Projected Results:

  • Increas-e social skills and positive behaviors in infants and young children
  • Enhance awareness of the significance of early childhood mental health
  • Strengthen family participation in the development of social-emotional competence in infants and young children
  • Increase the number of high quality programs available to families of infants and young children
  • Reduce the number of problem behavior incidents in young children
  • Increase engagement thereby reducing the number of behavioral referrals for social/emotional issues in young children
  • Enrich the knowledge and skills of the early childhood community in an effort develop and maintain social-emotional competence and reduce the number of problem behavior incidents among infants and young children
  • Boost young children’s participation in general education by strengthening social-emotional competence and reducing the number of related behavioral referrals
New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership Leadership Team Members:

  • Suzanne Burnette, New Jersey Head Start Collaboration Director
  • Denise Bouyer Hargrove, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network NJ
  • Andrea Breitwieser, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
  • Pamela Brillante, William Paterson University
  • Rob Corso, Pyramid Model Consultant
  • Gerry Costa, Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
  • Tonya Coston, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Nezzie DeFrank, Programs for Parents
  • Loray Dobson, Preschool Intervention and Referral Team, Camden Public Schools
  • Keri Giordano, Children’s Learning Center, New Jersey City University
  • Amy Goerl, Early childhood and special education consultant
  • Sunday Gustin, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
  • Terry Harrison, Part C Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Kathleen Priestley, Early childhood and Special Education Consultant
  • Barbara Tkach, Part B Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Ellen Samitt, HOPES CAP, Inc.
  • Cynthia Schaefer, New Jersey Office of Licensing
  • Liz Vaughan, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
Our Vision:

All infants and young children ages 0-8 in New Jersey will have the opportunity to develop social emotional competence

Our Mission:

Utilizing The Pyramid Model, the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership will create an integrated approach to support all who work with infants and young children ages 0-8 and their families to develop social-emotional competence.


This group was started in 2009 with a shared vision of increasing the social-emotional competency of infants and young children across New Jersey through the implementation of The “Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children” (the Pyramid Model). The Pyramid Model is a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behavior. Developed by two national training centers (the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children (TACSEI)) and funded by the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this evidence-based model represents a sound framework for early care and educator systems.

The New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership is an interagency, collaborative working group with the purpose of putting in place the mechanisms required to adopt, implement, and sustain the Pyramid Model in the state of New Jersey. In 2012, the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health subcommittee of the New Jersey Council for Young Children developed a goal to promote and implement The Pyramid Model statewide and funded the work.

For more information about the Pyramid Model approach, please visit: For additional information about the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership, contact Keri Giordano at: or 201-200-3342.


Come Join this Web Conference on 11/12/13 on Strengths-based Family Engagement Approaches

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Click here to register

The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) invites you to participate in an upcoming interactive web conference, Using Leadership to Promote Strengths-Based Family Engagement Approaches, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. We’d love to have you join us!

Web conference panelists will be:

  • Sandra Gutierrez, National Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, author of the recent FINE Newsletter article, Parents as Agents of Change (also available in Spanish), and
  • Trise Moore, Family Partnership Advocate for the Federal Way Public Schools district, author of the FINE Newsletter article, Drawing on Parents’ Strengths: The Role of Districts and Schools in Empowering Families to be Effective Partners in Learning.
Hosted by the HFRP FINE Team, this live web conference will be interactive and will be driven by your questions. You can submit questions both during the live event and in advance of the event. To submit questions prior to the live event, email your questions to us.

Space is limited! Register today to participate in the web conference. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to connect to the session through your personal computer using Adobe Connect. You will need access to the internet and a computer with audio speakers. The web conference will be recorded and archived on the HFRP website for future access.