Mackenzie Weintraub is an early childhood education trainer and consultant based in Portland, OR. She specializes in supporting teachers, classrooms, and programs in implementing Early Childhood Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (EC PBIS) practices or Pyramid Model.
Mackenzie began her work with EC PBIS in Head Start classrooms implementing as a teacher in both San Francisco and Portland. Mackenzie later moved into program-wide implementation as a program administrator and chaired an EC PBIS county leadership team before transitioning to consulting. Mackenzie earned her MA of Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University.
Mackenzie has provided training and coaching extensively with Head Start and Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education programs, as well as childcare centers and school districts. She has completed the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) reliability training and is a proficient TPOT observer. Mackenzie has also presented at numerous conferences, including conferences hosted by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), NWPBIS Network, Oregon AEYC, Infant and Early Childhood Conference, and the Oregon Head Start Association.
This training is geared toward preschool classroom teams and support staff. The training looks at building positive relationships with children, families, and coworkers, designing supportive environments, and creating effective schedules, routines, and expectations.
Pyramid Model module 1, EC PBIS tier 1
This training is geared toward preschool classroom teams and support staff. The training looks at the importance of teaching social skills and covers teaching friendship skills, emotional literacy, problem solving, and anger and impulse control.
Pyramid Model module 2, EC PBIS tier 2
This training is geared toward preschool classroom teams and support staff. The training looks at collecting data on children’s challenging behavior, creating a behavior support team, writing behavior plans, and evaluating behavior support plans for individual children. This training is provided after universal and secondary supports have been put in place.
Pyramid Model module 3, EC PBIS tier 3
Research has shown that coaching is an important and challenging component of EC PBIS implementation. This training looks at EC PBIS coaching through the Head Start Practice-Based Coaching Model. The training incorporates some of the latest research on both individual teacher and home visitor coaching and group coaching of teachers or home visitors.
Building a strong classroom team can help with EC PBIS implementation and in creating a positive workplace environment. This training focuses on the research and findings connecting strong teams to positive outcomes for children through effective EC PBIS implementation. It also covers team building activities and exercises that dive into communication and appreciation styles, classroom expectations, and philosophical and educational beliefs of educators.
These short 2-hour trainings focus on the creation of visual supports for the classroom. Participants will get hands-on assistance in creating visual supports that they can take with them for their own use. Topics include:
Individual teacher coaching usually includes classroom observations and/or formal Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) assessments, goal setting and action planning, targeted classroom observations, and coaching meetings with the classroom teacher or classroom team.
Individual home visitor coaching usually involves video recording home visitors and using the Family Coaching Checklist to assess, set goals, and drive the coaching conversation.
Group coaching consists of classroom teachers from several classrooms getting together to set goals and action plan. Classroom observations and/or formal Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) assessments help assist in the goal setting and action planning process. Follow up classroom observations and assessments can be completed.
Group coaching can also be helpful for home visitors and can involve home visitors taking turns sharing video clips of home visits, problem solving and collaborating with peers, sharing resources, and setting group goals.
Program-wide coaching is usually conducted with the program’s leadership team and/or program administrators to look at ways for improving implementation of EC PBIS throughout the program. Tools are used to assess the program’s current level of implementation and create action plans to strengthen future implementation.
“Mackenzie has been a phenomenal asset to our team. Her compassionate and supportive coaching manner, combined with her solid leadership skills, helped our program navigate the sometimes rocky implementation road. We couldn’t have done it without her!”
“Mackenzie guided us through the EC PBIS process as co-chair of our Leadership Team. She coached us through the identification of strengths and weaknesses in our program using the Benchmarks of Quality. We developed and implemented effective staff appreciation programs, targeted staff training, and an action plan for the future. Our program is now better equipped to sustain EC PBIS program wide. Programs who choose to work with Mackenzie will benefit greatly from her organization, enthusiasm, and expertise.”
“I am a member of the EC PBIS leadership team that Mackenzie co-chaired. She is meticulously organized, presents innovative ideas, and follows through on everything. She is able to take a tiny idea and run with it to turn it into a reality and make it happen. I highly recommend working with Mackenzie!”