The Pyramid Model, Part I
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.—John Wooden
RCN has embraced the Pyramid Model as its guiding star in educating the children under our care. Over the next several issues of the RCN Newsletter, we’ll examine what the Model is, how it informs our activities and how it will benefit our kids.
The Pyramid Model is an organized, systematized way to support our kids. The Model’s goal is to “promote social emotional competence in infants and young children.” Think about that—the model begins with the idea of enhancing social skills, not reacting to problem behaviors. Our staff and our families learn to reinforce positive behaviors, both in and out of the classroom. We accomplish this through ongoing training for our staff (beginning back in September 2014) along with skill-building workshops for parents through RCN’s Family Academy.
The best way to teach social emotional competence is to model it. That’s the foundation of the Pyramid Model, which helps RCN create systems and policies that promote the use of evidence-based practices. And, to no one’s surprise, the evidence tells us that children learn by observing what their parents and teachers do, not by listening to what we say!
Want to learn more? RCN’s Family Academy meets monthly, with childcare (for your own children) and dinner provided. Family Academy dates for 2016 begin on January 27th and are the fourth Wednesday of every month through May. The last session of the 15-16 school year is June 8th. For more information or to register, call 585-473-2858 or visit RCN4kids.org.