Posts Tagged ‘staff development’

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.


The White House Announces ‘Lights. Camera. Education!’ for student filmmakers! Make a short film by Wed 1/29/14

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Lights. Camera. Education!

Deadline: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Are you a student filmmaker? Know someone who is? We want your help.

If you’re a student, we want you to make a short film — and have the chance to show it right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. If you’re a parent or a friend, pass this on to a student you know.

The topic? Technology in classrooms. There’s huge power in what technology can do for education — from taking a course online, to collaborating with students from across the country (or the world!)

We’re looking for awesome student filmmakers to show the power of technology in classrooms in a short film.

If that sounds like you — or someone you know — go to and find out how you can participate.

But hurry! You’ve only got until January 29th to send in your submission. So, if it’s going to get “two thumbs up,” you’d better start now.

Not a K-12 student?

Forward this to someone who is at:

Click below to watch a video about the
White House Student Film Festival

Join us! Thurs Jan 23, 2014 2-3pm EST for ‘Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards’ Webinar

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Click here to register today!

With the goal of better preparing students for college and careers, 45 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards in both English Language Arts and Math.  As more schools begin to implement the Common Core, afterschool programs have the opportunity to support the learning that takes place during the school day and align programming to bolster students’ academic growth and achievement. Come and join us on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 2-3pm ESTfor this exciting webinar!

Guest speakers include a mix of teachers and afterschool leaders who are currently working to integrate Common Core within local afterschool programs.  This webinar will introduce the afterschool field to the Common Core and highlight the role afterschool programs are playing to support learning around these standards.

Guest Speakers:

  • Liz Bamberg; Teacher, Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Kelly Matteri; Teacher, Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Jen Wheeler; Teaching and Learning Manager, Baltimore Urban Debate League
  • Tangee Allen; Co-Founder, Raising Expectations
  • Maria Armstrong; Co-Founder, Raising Expectations
  • Nikki Yamashiro; Research Associate, Afterschool Alliance

Register by 1/24/14! Supporting Student Success: Staff Development Workgroup – Fri 2/7/14

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Application due Friday, January 24, 2014 

Click here to register today!

When: Friday, February 7, 2014


First Baptist Church

170 Elm Street

Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost: FREE

NJSACC invites qualifying programs serving students afterschool to participate in an exciting project intended to grow strong, competent staff. Participants will convene to work towards supporting student success during the school day by providing quality afterschool programs to students and their families.

This project is focused on Staff Development as a means to improve program quality and impact on student success.”Time and attention paid to staff development activities will directly improve the overall quality of the program. It results in increased competence on the job, ability to accept growing levels of responsibility, deepening commitment to the program, improve understanding of school age child care, strengthening working relationships and communications skills, promoting a greater personal growth, self awareness and, feelings of connectedness to the total program.”
– School-Age Child Care: An Action ManualA strong Staff Development plan is a benchmark of a high quality Out of School Time program.

Who can participate:

  • Program directors and managers, who supervise, train and evaluate staff that work directly with students.

Project Goals and Experiences:

  • Program Leadership will explore and learn about Staff Development as a means to supporting Students Academic Success.
  • Programs participating will gather in a working group that will learn about creating staff development plans with a focus on supporting student’s success.
  • The Workgroup will discuss content of high quality Staff Development Plans
  • NJSACC will provide ongoing support to Program Leadership to implement Staff Development plans with a menu of training and time for technical assistance to support Program Directors goals to grow staff.
  • Work group will review and get full comprehension of NJ The Office of Licensing Definition of a Staff Development Plan for School Age Programs

Project period (February 2014-May 2014)

  • Participants will receive training and get regular support to complete Staff Development activities with resources, program visits, phone and email assistance.

Participation Eligibility:

  • Program must be a licensed child care provider, licensed by the State of NJ office of Licensing.
  • Program must serve at least 10% of children that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
  • Program must commit to an orientation session taking place on February 7, 2014.
  • Program must commit to ongoing Professional Development and Technical Assistance.
  • Program must commit to monthly communications in order to continue participation.
Presented by NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool CommunitiesThis project is Funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Family Development.