Biography of Primary Presenter

Michelle Sandrock is the Early Learning Climate Manager at Metro RESA where she focuses on the alignment of Program-wide and School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to ensure outcomes of safe, secure and productive learning environments for all students, birth thru elementary school. Previously she served as the Parent Engagement Program Manager at the Georgia Department of Education, developing Georgia’s Parent Engagement Program from scratch into a nationally recognized state model within three years. Michelle has trained numerous educators and administrators on family engagement strategies and promising practices throughout the state, regionally, and nationally. Recognizing the importance of school climate, she is recognized for her work in fostering welcoming environments in schools through the creation of the Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards and Initiative. Michelle is a certified school social worker in the state of Georgia and holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from Florida State University.

Cassa Andrews, M.Ed., is the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. She provides assistance to Georgia’s Pre-K classrooms to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities and support to classrooms that have children with challenging behaviors. During her teaching career she taught preschool aged individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in both separate and inclusive environments. She also spends time overseas doing teacher training and workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Master's Degree

Presentation Abstract

In 2015, the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) launched the state’s first cohort of childcare centers to implement the Pyramid Model. Come hear from some of these early childhood program providers as they share glows and grows experienced during implementation of the various critical elements essential to the Pyramid Model’s framework such as setting and teaching program-wide expectations, family involvement and more. A brief overview of the DECAL’s continued efforts to expand the Pyramid Model across the state will also be shared.

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The Pyramid Model: Implementation Glows & Grows from Georgia’s Childcare Centers

In 2015, the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) launched the state’s first cohort of childcare centers to implement the Pyramid Model. Come hear from some of these early childhood program providers as they share glows and grows experienced during implementation of the various critical elements essential to the Pyramid Model’s framework such as setting and teaching program-wide expectations, family involvement and more. A brief overview of the DECAL’s continued efforts to expand the Pyramid Model across the state will also be shared.