Professional Learning Community (PLC) - Brain Development & The Early Years

ARCQE is pleased to announce the launch of a new exciting opportunity to meaningfully engage as a community on the impact of brain development and educator practice relative to our interactions with young children! Through the generosity of the Palix Foundation and support of Mount Royal University, ARCQE was engaged as a partner in specialized Neuro-Science training aimed at enhancing caregiver understanding and knowledge about the importance of supporting early brain development. This work led to the development of a series of self-study modules that reflect the following six areas of educator practice:

  • Module 1: The Core Story of Early Brain Development
  • Module 2: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Module 3: Adolescent Brain Development and Risk for Addictions
  • Module 4: Resilient Adaptation in the Face of Risk
  • Module 5: Paternal Engagement and Family Well-Being
  • Module 6: Co-parenting Perspectives

Online study modules have then been combined with two-hour facilitated dialogue with skilled trainers who will then guide Professional Learning Community (PLC) discussion groups with relevant case study scenarios. Through facilitated discussions with participants, educators will consider and reflect on implications for practice and its relationship relative to the impact our actions have on supporting children reaching their full potential.

Training Outline:

If you might be interested in participating in a PLC  group on impact of early brain development, please register below where you can sign up for the format that works best to support your involvement (i.e. daytime, evening and/or weekend schedules). The time and participation commitment should you choose to become involved would be outlined as follows:

  • Registrants must attend all 3 sessions in order to participate.
  • A link to on-line Study Modules will be forwarded one week prior to your first session enabling access to the six online study modules. (Must have access to use of a computer/tablet, headsets and internet to obtain study modules information).
  • Once you have identified interest in a particular group, in order to support effectiveness of group discussion, all participants must commit to completing readings as part of independent study (supporting theory) in advance of facilitated session timelines outlined for each specific PLC group session. (Typically participants will have two weeks intervals between session to permit time to review materials well in advance of discussion group sessions).
  • Each session runs approximately 2 hours in length, depending on format selected and will be guided by ARCQE's neuro-science trainers aimed at supporting participant learning, understanding, and application of content through reflective discussion of case studies.
  • All groups will consist of only 8-12 participants in order to enhance participation and meaningful group dialogue!
  • As learning group dialogue is scaffolded on prior readings and discussions participants must commit to participating in the full series and as such are not eligible to attend individual portions of the series as self-selected.



Date & Time:

February 22, March 7 & 21 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day

For more information and to register, go here.