Topic: Early childhood

Asset (Strength) Based Pedagogies for Quality Holistic Learning

Asset Based Pedagogies

*This is a CPL course. To take the course, you will be required to create an account on once you click “Enroll.”

This open, self-paced course, Asset (Strength) Based Pedagogies for Quality Holistic Learning, was designed by teachers for teachers, especially those working with refugee and vulnerable learners around the world. It is intended to provide an overview of key terminology, concepts, and practices related to asset (or strength) based pedagogies.

Educators who complete this short online course will:

  • gain a working understanding of what asset-based pedagogies are and why they are important
  • be able to identify ways in which asset-based pedagogies can be applied in the classroom
  • examine how to apply asset-based pedagogies in the context of their own work

It will take 3-4 hours, on average, to complete this course. A certificate of participation will be issued upon successful completion. Thank you for your interest and for your commitment to your professional learning and to teaching!

A handbook for use offline is currently being developed, as a parallel tool for learning about asset-based pedagogies. Please contact to discuss piloting of this additional material.

This course is part of the Quality Holistic Learning (QHL) Project. Learn more about the project here. Your participation in this activity is an important part of our process of ensuring that all QHL resources created by teachers for teachers directly speak to the professional learning interests and needs of educators working with displaced, migrant, refugee, and other vulnerable and/or marginalized learners globally. We are grateful for your interest and enrollment in this course. We, also, value your participation and your feedback as you move through the course. Thank you in advance for participating in course surveys to help us improve these courses. All QHL resources will be available as Open Education Resources (OERs) in 2022.

Child Well-Being and Protection

*This is a CPL course. To take the course, you will be required to create an account on once you click “Enroll.”

The content for this course is adapted from the TiCC Training Pack for Teachers in Crisis Contexts and was modified for online learning in collaboration with JRS staff as part of their Teacher Formation Programme. We are thankful to these organizations for making this content open and available for use across crisis, emergency, and displacement contexts.

The course is entirely self-paced and is offered free, without facilitation. If you are interested in a facilitated version of this course for your professional development program, please contact our Refugee Educator Academy Program Manager, Julie Kasper, at the Center for Professional Learning at

2 min 26 sec of video
7 supplemental resources
Certificate of completion

Identity Development: Building Inner Strength in a Changing World

Child looking in mirror.

Identity Development Online Course-Key Topics:

  • Identity development in children
  • What does it mean for children to understand themselves?
  • Multi-layered levels of identity
  • Learning about identity through relationships
  • Adult identity development
  • How do children understand themselves?

In today’s world, young children need a strong, solid sense of who they are in order to adjust to the constant changes occurring in the world around them. Knowing themselves, being self-aware, provides children with a point of reference to understand and interact in their families, communities and society and they can draw upon their strengths to respond to challenges with resilience, an increased sense of safety which can expand feelings of hope and optimism.

Over the course of 3-5 hours, participants will gain a valuable understanding of how to support young children with a secure sense of identity that corresponds with their needs to understand themselves at various ages and stages of development. For young children to know who they are, we must try to see and understand the world through their eyes.

At the conclusion of the Identity Development online course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Childhood Education International (CE International). Should you experience any technical difficulties while taking this course, please send an email message to

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Young Children

Teacher concerned for child's health and well-being

*Course is hosted on and requires the user to create a free profile to take course*

Course Topics:

  • The impact of trauma on children’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development
  • Holistic child development as it relates to well-being
  • Changes in child brain development
  • The importance of safe and secure learning environments
  • Teaching strategies that address a child’s holistic well-being.

Early childhood is a critical stage of development and lays the foundation for life. Children experience tremendous brain development between birth and 8 years old. At this age they take in new information that is critical to the formation of active neural pathways. The people and environments that surround children are highly influential at this point in their development. As a result, it is critical that they feel safe and supported in order to grow and thrive. Children of all abilities can only develop optimally if their social, emotional, and educational needs are met. Commitment to such healthy development is the focus of our Health and Well-Being Practice Area.

Over the course of 4-5 hours, course participants will gain a critically valuable understanding of the impact trauma has on a young child’s development. Participants will also learn teaching strategies that address a child’s complete physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices

Sad child who could benefit from educator with trauma-informed practices.

Children who have experienced trauma need caregivers who understand trauma. They must understand the impact it can have on their vulnerable and developing brains and their physical bodies. Therefore, compassionate and responsive caregivers are essential for children’s healing.

Anyone who completes the “Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices” micro-course will:

  • Have a working understanding of what trauma is and why it is important to learn about
  • Be able to identify different types of trauma
  • Understand how self-care is a critical component to trauma-informed work.

This introductory course, which is approximately two hours, is totally free of charge. In order to take the course, participants will need to register on The Center for Learning in Practice website.

If you need technical support or assistance with enrolling in the course, click here, or email

Trauma-informed practice is a complex topic, and caregivers should consider training beyond the micro-course. Future in-depth trainings will allow participants to learn more about trauma, the impact trauma has on development, and specific strategies to use in formal and informal learning environments to support children as they deal with traumatic experiences.

If you want to receive more information about our course offerings, please contact