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Implementing the Pyramid Model in Programs Supporting Indigenous and Alaskan Native Children and their Families

Is the Pyramid Model a framework that can be used in programs serving indigenous children and their families? What changes need to be made to ensure a fit with the culture of tribes and families served by those programs? Join us for a discussion from two programs, Cook Inlet Native Head Start in Alaska and Zaasijiwan Head Start in Wisconsin, to learn more about their Pyramid Model implementation and outcomes.


Jan 12, 2024


3:30 PM


1 Hr

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NCPMI Presenter(s)

Lise Fox

University of South Florida

Lise Fox, PhD, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Child and Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences of the University of South Florida. She is the Principal Investigator of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations, a faculty member with the ECTA Center, and is involved in multiple research and national technical assistance projects related to early childhood programs and practices.  Her research is focused on practical approaches for the inclusion of young children with problem behavior in community settings and individualized interventions for addressing young children’s challenging behavior.

Guest Presenter(s)

Whitney Sauer

Zaasijiwan Head Start

Whitney Sauer is currently an internal Coach at a tribal Head Start in Wisconsin, with many previous years in preschool and childcare as a teacher. She was born and raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and continues to reside with her family. Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014. She is reliable in completing observations and following the Practice Based Coaching cycle. Their program is in year three of Implementing the Pyramid Model Framework and continues to strive to provide high-quality support for the children, families, employees, and community.

Tisheana Maulson

Zaasijiwan Head Start

Madweaakiikwe Tisheana Maulson, is currently a Headstart teacher with 12 plus years experience in the early childhood field. She grew up on the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation and is a former program student. Tisheana has lived and resided in the area most of her life, along with her siblings and relatives. She currently lives in a small town in Woodruff, WI, with her significant other. She obtained her CDA first and then received her Early Childhood Associates Degree from Lac Courte Oreille in Hayward, WI. In all her years of teaching, the Pyramid Model has helped build her knowledge to implement social-emotional development with children and families.

Marjorie Harris

Cook Inlet Head Start

I was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Medford Oregon at 14 years of age. I moved to Portland Oregon as an adult, got married and that is where I raised my three children. After my children became young adults, I went to college and received my Associate in Mental Health/Human Services. After that, I went on to get my Bachelors Degree in Social work. I have been working with children/families most of my life. I look forward to learning something new every day. I received a master’s degree in Special Education from Ashford University in 2021. I love sewing, reading, and spending time with my family.

Katherine Merculief

Cook Inlet Head Start

I am a former Head start parent that was first a volunteer and after I started working with Head Start was supported to first get my CDA, then associates and finally my bachelor's degree. I believe strongly in our mission statement and as a mother of indigenous children I have a personal understanding of the importance of education being first rooted in culture. The Pyramid model is a great framework to support the social/emotional learning for our children and families and aligns well with our 10 Universal Alaskan Native Values and our cultural curriculum. In my personal life my passions are beading, my family and my faith.

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