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Teaching Pyramid

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Teaching Pyramid

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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.


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Pyramid Components

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


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Success Stories

"The Teaching Pyramid gave me a set of tools and vocabulary to help teachers form trusting relationships with children." Barbara Chisholm, San Francisco Unified School District