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About Us


  • is one of six regional and one provincial consortia that make up the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia ARPDC.
  • works with schools, school authorities and six partner organizations (ATA, ASBA, ASCA, ASBOA, CASS, the Grande Prairie Regional College)
  • creates professional development opportunities based on their constituent needs and those of Alberta Education.
  • develops programs based on learning needs identified by school and school district personnel as well as parents and partner organizations.
  • Works with nine school jurisdictions in Zone 1, along with private, charter and band schools within our boundaries


The Northwest Regional Learning Consortium (NRLC) provides quality professional development that is responsive to its learning community members' needs as they work to enhance student learning.


The NRLC serves as a catalyst to inspire and enhance active adult engagement in the overall learning process that in turn supports, enriches and improves student learning.

The essential work of the Consortium is aligned with provincial priorities, regional needs, and district and school goals so that sustainable, meaningful learning opportunities are available to its learning community members.

The Consortium promotes learning and learning connections for the diverse community of adults who share the responsibility for student learning.

Overarching Understanding

Effective curriculum implementation leads to a change in practice that enhances student learning.

Our pillars

  • Effective Collaboration(process)
  • Effective Practice (content)
  • Effective Adult learning (context)
  • Governance

    The Consortium organization is governed by a Management Team of eight (8) members with representation from the Alberta Teachers’ Association (local and provincial reps); the northwest region of ASCA; the northwest region of CASS; the northwest region of ASBA; one northwest region ASBOA representative; and one representative of Grande Prairie Regional College.

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  • Plans and Reports

    The NRLC develops and designs PD programs to meet the expectations of Alberta Education grant deliverables, while working collaboratively with Zone One members, providing a framework that includes quality professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders in the interest of improved student learning. Data collected for these implementation projects remains focused on the specific processes surrounding the professional development experiences. Reports are created at the end of these grant projects that reflect our work in meeting these deliverables.

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  • Districts

    NRLC provides services and learning opportunities for 176 public and separate schools located within nine school districts as well as a number of band, private and charter schools in a large geographical area covering the northern half of Alberta. This zone has a teaching staff of over 2000 fte serving in various subject and grade configurations. These teachers serve over 35000 students.

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  • PD Partner Links

    As part of our mandate, NRLC partners with several organizations to develop and deliver effective PD for our zone constituents, in conjunction and partnership with the ARPDC.

    A number of on-going collaborative initiatives (i.e. zone advisory committees, curriculum coordinator meetings, individual and joint meetings with districts) across the region provide opportunities for working together and designing plans that can complement and enrich teacher learning.

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