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For State Leaders, By State Leaders: Scaling and Sustaining Funding Through Policy Development

This webinar will focus on implementing, scaling and sustaining the Pyramid Model in states through the development of fiscal policy. A framework for a policy development process and types of public policy specific to funding will be shared. Panelists from states will share their success stories in the leverage of fiscal policy supporting the scaling and sustainability of the Pyramid Model.


Feb 24, 2022


12:00 AM



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Guest Presenter(s)

Deborah A. Ziegler


Deborah A. Ziegler, EdD, is a consultant specializing in disability policy and practice. She has broad public policy experience at the international, national, state, and local levels. She works to further research and practice through improving policies affecting children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf. Her interests include policy development, implementation, and analysis, information collection and dissemination, and advocacy. She has expertise in organizational leadership and collaborative partnerships. She served on the boards of and works with international disability organizations, whose focus is the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has provided technical assistance and training to nongovernmental/governmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East to implement policies and practices in early childhood education and inclusive education for children with disabilities and their families. For two decades she was the Policy and Advocacy Director at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), one of the world’s premier education organizations. She has worked as a special education teacher, special education administrator, IDEA Part C and Section 619 coordinator at a State Education Agency and faculty at the university level. She has consulted widely and written extensively in the policy and practice arena.

Julie Betchkal

Wisconsin Pyramid Model State Coordinator

After 20 years as a classroom teacher, Julie “lucked” her way into a Pyramid Model Trainer of Trainers in 2005. The content, strategies and ideals were a perfect fit for her personal philosophy of thinking, teaching and supporting others. In 2019, she helped to write Wisconsin’s CSEFEL State application proposal as a co-coordinator with Lana Shklyar Nenide. As a staff member with the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, Julie continues to serve as the State Coordinator for Wisconsin’s implementation of the Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence by holding a talented team of Regional Pyramid Model Leads who, in turn, hold regional trainers, coaches, programs and consultants.

Lana Nenide

Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH)

Lana holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin and is a graduate of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program, where she received specialized training in infant-parent mental health. Lana joined WI-AIMH in 2006 to oversee professional development efforts of the agency. Lana is a member of the Fussy Baby Network and provides training and consultation on the FAN framework. Lana is a faculty at the Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate program and holds Infant Mental Health Endorsement. Lana is appointed to serve on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Early Care and Education Committee for the City of Madison. Lana is a ZERO TO THREE Academy fellow.

Brittany Herrington

Realizing Excellence in All Children (REACH MS)

Brittany holds a master’s degree in early intervention and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has served as a child care center director, pre-k teacher, early intervention specialist, and as Mississippi’s early childhood special education coordinator. Brittany is appointed to serve on Mississippi’s State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and has been the chair for the past 4 years. She has served as Mississippi’s Pyramid Model Coordinator since it’s inception 5 years ago. Brittany is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Education and Human Sciences.

Alicia Westbrook

Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC)

Alicia holds a master’s degree in early intervention and a doctoral degree in early childhood education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Alicia directs MECIC by ensuring the vision of the program and securing state and federal funding. Alicia serves as the Inclusion Classroom Profile and Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale Assessor for MECIC. Alicia disseminates the program’s activities in national conferences and publications. Alicia is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Education and Human Sciences.

Lydia I. Bethay

Mississippi Department of Human Services

Lydia I. Bethay has been in the field of early childhood for 23 years. She began as a director of a faith based child care center which is currently still in operation today. Her focus changed when she started work with the Resource and Referral system for the state of Mississippi as a trainer, then became the PD Supervisor, and eventually moved into the position of Associate Network Director for the state early childhood network. Currently Lydia is the Director of Program Design and Implementation of the quality initiatives for the Early Childhood Care and Development system housed at the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

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