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At the Whole Child Connection, we believe that training should be customized to meet your needs, be grounded in what is happening in your school or program, and ideally build upon itself.

Because we don’t take a one-and-done approach to training, we work with you to provide the training that fits your needs. Below are some of the trainings and content always available. Please abertucci [at] childrensinstitute.net (subject: Training%20Information%20Request) (contact us) for more information or to discuss tailored training opportunities for your location.

Virtual Professional Development Topics

Self-care is self-love and is always important, but especially during such challenging times. This training will give participants the space to focus on their own needs and self-care, reminding them to be kind and gentle with themselves and each other and to remember that self-care is an individual journey that looks different for each one of us. This training will acknowledge the numerous challenges of this uncertain, unprecedented time, acknowledge cultural and historical disparities in the self-care narrative, remind participants of the impact of stress on our bodies, encourage and support participants to identify their needs, and explore self-care strategies.

An intermediate level SEL foundations training, this session will enable participants to think deeply about responsive strategies and classroom practices that will directly support students' social-emotional development. With special attention to the importance of connections during a time of distance learning and increased stress for youth and teachers, participants will explore proven teaching strategies and a case study with middle-school age students. Participants will be asked to complete approximately 30 minutes of pre-work, which will count toward credit hours. Participants are encouraged to come ready to share and to listen.

With the worldwide impact of Covid-19 and the growing racial justice movement, relationships with students are more important than ever. Whether you are seeking to develop a culturally responsive connection with students or increase engagement, this interactive training will provide participants with an expansion to their relationship development toolbox for both virtual and in-person settings.  

Participants will process the impact of racial and cultural identity on relationship development, increase their understanding of relational rupture and repair and gain applicable strategies that develop relationships with students through culturally responsive social and emotional learning practices.

As we all try to process and heal through the ongoing trauma of a global pandemic and racial justice crisis, we want to be prepared to most effectively support the well-being of each and every one of our students. Learning happens when students feel safe, seen, valued and heard. In this training, we will build an awareness of trauma and its impact on children’s development, examine racism as a form of trauma, and explore trauma-informed, trauma-aligned SEL practices. Participants will leave with practical strategies they can put into action right away.

Setting the stage for a strong social emotional foundation is critical. Teaching social emotional skills at an appropriate developmental stage and using Pyramid Model techniques to support your classroom is imperative for achievement and success.

Pyramid Model Training

Adopted by NYS in 2015, the Pyramid Model is a public health, evidenced-based, tiered framework that promotes young children’s social and emotional competencies and prevents challenging behaviors.

The goal of Pyramid Model training and coaching is to strengthen relationships and create supportive, engaging environments where every young child feels valued, confident, and competent.

Preschool/Kindergarten Modules

Module 1: Promotion

  • Building relationships and creating supportive environments (7 hours)


Module 2: Prevention

  • Social-emotional teaching strategies (6 hours)


Module 3: Intervention

  • Individualized intervention (6 hours)


Infant and Toddler Modules

Module 1: Promotion

  • Social-emotional development within the context of relationships (6.5 hours)


Module 2: Prevention

  • Responsive routines, environments, and targeted strategies to support social-emotional development in infants and toddlers


Module 3: Intervention

  • Individualized intervention with infants and toddlers: Determining the meaning of behavior and developing appropriate responses

Read the Blog: What is the Pyramid Model? By Ellen Leopold, Pyramid Model Master Cadre Trainer

Visit the Regional Pyramid Model Hub (through the Child Care Council)


Contact abertucci [at] childrensinstitute.net (Andrea Bertucci) for more information about training opportunities.