Professional Learning Communities

TARSS Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are designed to support trainers working in early education in Minnesota. This is a developing program, and our team will be learning alongside participants as we generate ideas and topics to enrich the experience. PLCs are offered at no cost to participants.

TARSS PLCs will:

  • Use real world opportunities to improve practice
  • Support innovation through exposure to new research and emerging technologies
  • Provide space for reflection

Professional learning communities can be one of the most powerful ways to deliver professional learning because they provide “an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve” (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, Many, & Mattos, 2016). Learning within the professional learning system occurs in a variety of ways through both group and one-on-one opportunities such as training, coaching, mentoring, modeling, and observing.

Minnesota Department of Education

PLCs will be hosted online. The content will include short readings, discussion boards, and facilitated live Zoom sessions. Trainers who participate in PLCs will receive approved training hours in Develop. These hours can count towards your trainer membership renewal.

TARSS PLCs began in January 2023 with two separate groups. One PLC will focus on the topics of Trauma-Informed Practice and the other is designed for New Trainers. Please note that applications for these PLCs are now closed. Please check back for future offerings and get in touch with us at tarss@umn.edu with any questions.

2023 PLCs

Trauma-informed PLC facilitated by Melissa McLaurin

Participants will engage in PLC for 2.5 hours during each of the following months: January, March, May and June. This will include 1.5 hours of synchronous learning through a virtual group discussion and 1 hour of asynchronous learning in Canvas. You will receive 2.5 hours of credit in KCF9 in Develop for each month of participation from TARSS. In February and April, participants will watch two required modules from MACMH. You will receive 2 hours in KCF9 in Develop for each module.

This PLC will meet via Zoom on the following days and times:

  • January 10, 2023 – 9:00-10:30 AM
  • March 14, 2023 – 9:00-10:30 AM
  • May 9, 2023 – 9:00-10:30 AM
  • June 13, 2023 – 9:00-10:30 AM

In order to train on KCF 9 courses in Develop you need to have 6 hours of training on the topic (trauma informed care and practice) verified in Develop. After successfully completing each month’s work, participants receive credit in Develop.

Applications for this PLC are now closed. Please check back for future dates.

New Trainer PLC facilitated by Dana Ellingson

Engage in this PLC for 2 hours each month, starting January 2023 and ending June 2023. This includes 1 hour synchronous learning through a virtual group discussion and 1 hour asynchronous in Canvas. After successfully completing each month’s work, participants receive credit in Develop.

This PLC will be held via Zoom on the following days:

  • January 25th– 1-2 pm
  • February 22nd– 1-2 pm
  • March 22nd– 1-2 pm
  • April 26th– 1-2 pm
  • May 24th– 1-2 pm
  • June 21st– 1-2 pm

This PLC is designed for trainers who are new, or have recently started in their role as a trainer. To participate in this PLC, trainers need to be approved in Develop. We are currently looking for trainers who have been training for 3 years or less.

Applications for this PLC are now closed. Please check back for future dates.

Expectations for PLC participants

Participating in a PLC requires a 6-month time commitment. Each PLC has a different schedule, please review the information for each PLC above.

You must be an approved trainer with current trainer status to participate in a PLC. Trainers may participate in one PLC at a time, which means that you can only apply to one PLC.