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    Use a Framework for Social Emotional Success
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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  • Tweety Yates

    Tweety Yates, Keynote Speaker

    Tweety Yates, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and faculty for the Early Intervention Training Program grant. She also serves as faculty for the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning and was previously Co-Project Coordinator for the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University...

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  • Kelly Jo Wilson

    Kelly Jo Wilson

    Kelly Jo Wilson developed her career through the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center at the University of Colorado Denver. She brings many years of experience in early childhood through extensive work with the Pyramid Model, Prevent-Teach-Reinforce, LEAP Preschool Model, and continuous experience with the science of implementation and systems change...

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  • Julie Ribaudo

    Julie Ribaudo is a clinical associate professor at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work. Before joining the faculty in 2006, she practiced for over 20 years with a focus on parent- infant relationships; and assessment and treatment of abused and/ or neglected infants, toddlers, and young children...

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  • Melissa Repko

    Melissa Repko is an ECE and Infant-Toddler Specialist with the Connecticut Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center. Ms. Repko has served as the Education Manager for a Head Start/ Early Head Start program, as well as a special needs coordinator and teacher. She is also a nationally trained regional facilitator for “I Am Moving, I Am Learning,” Head Start’s national obesity prevention program...

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  • Rosa Milagros Santos

    Rosa Milagros Santos, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and editor of the journal Young Exceptional Children. Through her workshops and research on early intervention and early childhood special education services, Dr. Santos aims to make a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families by enhancing professional practice...

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  • Kara Watson Wanzer

    Kara Watson Wanzer is founder of the Solid Ground Project, which supports educators, families, and communities in building social-emotional competence in young children. She has worked with children and families in the Greater Danbury Area for 17 years, addressing the education and mental health needs of young children through positions in the Mental Health Association of CT, Head Start, Even Start, and the Danbury Public Schools...

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  • Marci Arroyo

    Marci Arroyo is an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership based out of Wheeler Clinic. Previously, Marci was an Early Childhood Director of a preschool and nursery school program in Southington. Marci also is a counsel member of the Bristol School Readiness Committee...

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About The Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices developed by two national, federally-funded research and training centers:

The Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and TACSEI. These centers’ faculty represent nationally recognized researchers and program developers in the areas of social skills and challenging behavior. Based on evaluation data over the last eight years, the Pyramid Model has shown to be a sound framework for early care and education systems. Extensive training materials, videos, and print resources to help states, communities and programs implement the model have been developed.

Learn more about the pyramid model

Event Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A.M. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. P.M. Concurrent Sessions

Special Exhibits

An Exhibit of vendors and resource organizations will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A variety of learning materials, books, and toys will be on display for purchase.

In Collaboration With

  • CT Association for the Education of Young Children
  • CT Birth to Three System
  • CT Department of Children and Families
  • CT Department of Developmental Services
  • CT Department of Public Health
  • CT Department of Social Services
  • CT Division for Early Childhood
  • CT Head Start Association
  • CT Office of Early Childhood
  • CT Parent Advocacy Center
  • CT State Department of Education
  • State Education Resource Center
  • UMass Donahue Institute
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