Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS) Set

Authors: Kathryn M. Bigelow Ph.D., Judith J. Carta Ph.D., Dwight W. Irvin Ph.D., Mary Louise Hemmeter Ph.D.

Format: Multiple formats, 156 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681252438
Price: $90.00

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Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale for Infant–Toddler Classrooms, Research Edition

A child's early teachers and caregivers play a vital role in supporting social-emotional development—and that's why more and more center-based infant and toddler programs are adopting the evidence-based Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. If your program is one of them, TPITOS™ is the essential tool you need to ensure that infant–toddler teachers are using the Pyramid Model practices with fidelity.

Modeled after the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT™) for Preschool Classrooms, TPITOS is for early childhood settings caring for infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years of age. Focusing on teacher practices and classroom environment variables, TPITOS measures how well your program's staff is fostering responsive, nurturing relationships with children and promoting strong social-emotional development in their earliest years.

How It Works

A trained TPITOS administrator conducts a 2-hour classroom observation, followed by an interview with the teacher being observed. The observer completes three types of items: 1) Observational Items (practices and environmental factors noted during the observation), 2) Interview Items (practices scored based on the teachers responses during the interview), and 3) Red Flags (practices that are not consistent with the Pyramid Model). Results of TPITOS show your program which Pyramid Model practices are being implemented effectively—and what teachers need to focus on to ensure positive social-emotional outcomes for infants and toddlers.

TPITOS helps programs:

  • Ensure effective implementation of the proven PBIS-based Pyramid Model
  • Support professional development efforts in center-based infant–toddler settings
  • Strengthen the practices of individual teachers or caregivers, classroom teams, and entire programs
  • Monitor the success of quality improvement initiatives
  • Build a foundation for social-emotional competence in the critical first years of life

This set includes the TPITOS Manual and one pack of TPITOS Forms.

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Review by: Elizabeth Steed, University of Colorado Denver; co-developer of Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool (PreSET)
"The TPITOS tool's focus on relationships, warmth, responsivity, and emotions is wonderful. It will help early childhood programs with infant and toddler classrooms to develop meaningful professional development for teachers to support our youngest children's social emotional development."
Review by: Jane Squires, Ph.D., Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon
"An innovative and invaluable tool for teachers in infant–toddler settings to create a warm and responsive classroom environment and to improve children's social-emotional skills. The Observation Scale provides a blueprint with specific strategies and suggestions for making a positive, predictable learning environment for our youngest children."

Table of Contents

About the TPITOS Excel Scoring Spreadsheets
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Introduction to The Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 2: Overview of the Pyramid Model and The Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 3: Using the Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 4: Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale Scoring Guidance

Chapter 5: Scoring the Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale and Summarizing Results

Chapter 6: Using the Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale to Support Implementation of Effective Practices: Case Studies


Appendix A: Key to TPITOS Items and Abbreviations

Appendix B: Indicators Which Can Be Scored "Not Applicable"

Appendix C: Indicators with Scoring Criteria Regarding Frequency of Observed Behavior

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